Australian Rugby League team for England, 1937

Title:
Australian Rugby League team for England, 1937
NFSA ID:
9778
Year:
1937
Courtesy:
Cinesound Movietone Productions
Category:
Access fees

Footage of the Kangaroos Rugby League team, before their 1937 tour of England and France, captained by lock forward Wally Prigg (1908–1980). Prigg played 19 Tests for the Kangaroos between 1929 and 1938, seven as captain. He was one of the greatest forwards in the history of the game.

Australia played 35 matches during the tour: winning 22, losing 12, and drawing 1. They lost the first test against the British Lions 5-4 and the second 13 -3, but they won the third test 13-3.

The newsreel voice-over comments on the team's smart appearance, joking that they are in disguise with their new blazers and combed hair. 'Admire the flower of Australian rugby league', before 'the heavyweights of New Zealand, France and England spoil their manly beauty'!