Vince Karalius

Inducted into the Hall of Fame - 2000


Born: 15 October 1932; Widnes, Lancashire


Died: 13 December 2008


Position: Loose-forward


Career Dates: 1952-66


Clubs: St Helens, Widnes

Vince Karalius’s career spanned from 1952-1966 as the loose forward made his name with St. Helens and Widnes.


He was part of the Great Britain squad which won the Rugby League World Cup in 1960 and it was on tour in Australia that his reputation was also enhanced as a strong runner with the ball and devastating tackler.


He retired in 1966 after having made 132 appearances for Widnes, after having made 252 for St Helens. He was captain for St Helens’s Challenge Cup victory in 1961, and played in the first Saints team to win the Cup, five years previously. In 1964 he was part of another Wembley win, this time with Widnes, before reaching two more finals as coach in two spells at Widnes.