Hall Of Fame


SARL would like to pay tribute to the Heroes and Legends who contributed to the establishment and success of Rugby League in South Africa We honor each one of them for the lasting legacy and example that they have set for the Rugby generations to come.

Johannes “Jan” Albertus Prinsloo

Johannes “Jan” Albertus Prinsloo

B: 18/5/1935 Pretoria South Africa
D: 27/7/1966 Wellington New Zealand


With scintillating pace he went on to become one of the great wingers in England representing a highly creditable strike rate of 78.65 tries per 100 matches.

He scored his first try for the team as part of a two try debut against Rochdale Hornets

That season he scored hat tricks against Salford and Blacktown Borough for a season total of 27 tries from 31 matches

Jan played a vital part in finishing dazzling moves for many a St Helens victory including the sensational 1959 Championship final win of  44 – 22 over a great Hunslet side where he exhibited a fabulous touchline dash rounded off with his trademark “swallow dive “

In the 1959/1960 season , Jan scored 4 tries against Liverpool City and 3 against Hull finishing the year with 29 tries from 38 matches

The following year brought more success with a hat trick against Workington Town

During his time at St Helens he had the daunting task of wearing the number 5 jersey at the same time Tom Van Vollenhoven was setting the world on fire on the other wing

In 1960 , Jan also won a Lancashire cup winners medal when St Helens defeated Swinton 15 – 9 in front of a crowd of over 31 000 at Central park

He signed with Wakefield Trinity where his amazing try scoring feats continued

Johannes “Jan”  Albertus  Prinsloo’s record and strike rate demonstrates what a fine finisher he was

St Helens                   89 matches          70 tries
Wakefield Trinity   48 matches           45 tries