The Vince Karalius Interview

Vince Karalius
The 2 Hour 25 Minute Vince Karalius interview

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Vince Karalius Rugby League


Vincent “Vince” Peter Patrick Karalius (15 October 1932 – 13 December 2008), also known as “the Wild Bull of the Pampas”[2], was an English rugby league footballer, and coach. He played as a loose forward,[1] and was part of the Great Britain squad which won the 1960 World Cup. He forged a fearsome reputation as a strong runner of the ball and a devastating tackler. He was also highly regarded as a brilliant passer of the ball, often doing so with one of his large hands. At 25, Karalius was selected to make the 1958 Tour to Australia – a tour that would go down in rugby league history.[citation needed] It was during the “Battle of Brisbane” in 1958 at the Brisbane Exhibition Ground, when Alan Prescott led the Lions to victory with a broken arm that the Karalius “hardman” status was well and truly enshrined. With Prescott in agony with a broken arm, Karalius was also in trouble with an injury to his back but entered the fray in the second half.

During this tour, one Australian was moved to write:”Long-jawed Vince Karalius, the wild bull of the Pampas, is a dedicated wrecker of Australian forwards.”

Thereafter, the nickname stuck and Karalius was firmly embedded in the sporting public’s conscience as what a rugby league forward should represent.

Karalius represented Great Britain 10 times in his time with St. Helens.[1] He also won five Lancashire caps.