Neil Pringle

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Born
Sunday, 20th July, 1952
Current Age
66 years and 122 days

Biography

Newtown junior was graded as a 15-year-old hooker from the club's President's Cup team. Shifting to the centres Pringle made his first grade debut in 1972 at age 18 and represented NSW Colts before moving to lock forward. He joined Balmain in 1975 and toured NZ with a Combined Sydney side the following year. A whole-hearted player he was struck down by a mystery virus that attacked his nervous system at the end of the 1979 season. Pringle resumed his career but later made way for Wayne Pearce in the Balmain pack. He left the club in 1983 to captain-coach Cessnock.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

All statistics shown in this section are based only on data available in the RLP database, and are not necessarily a complete and/or 100% accurate representation of a player's career. This information should be used as a guide only. If you see a question mark (?), it denotes that the figure is not available.

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Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Firsts 1972 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
NSW City Firsts 1974 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1972-1974 2 0 0   0 1 1 0 50.00% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Newtown NSWRFL 1972 ? 5 -   - 15  
Newtown NSWRFL 1973 ? 8 -   - 24  
Newtown NSWRFL 1974 ? 5 -   - 15  
Balmain NSWRFL 1975 ? 5 -   - 15  
Balmain NSWRFL 1976 ? 1 -   - 3  
Balmain NSWRFL 1977 ? 12 -   - 36  
Balmain NSWRFL 1978 20 4 -   - 12 8 11 1 40.00% Match list
Balmain NSWRFL 1979 16 5 -   - 15 8 7 1 50.00% Match list
Balmain NSWRFL 1980 2 - -   - - 0 2 0 0.00% Match list
Balmain NSWRFL 1981 17 1 -   - 3 5 11 1 29.41% Match list
Balmain NSWRFL 1982 6 - -   - - 1 4 1 16.67% Match list
Overall 1972-1982 ? 46 0   0 138 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Newtown 1972-74 ? 18 -   - 54 ? ? ? ?  
Balmain 1975-82 ? 28 -   - 84 ? ? ? ?  
Balmain 1978-82 61 10 -   - 30 22 35 4 36.07% Match list
Overall 1972-1982 ? 46 0   0 138 ? ? ? ?  

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Newtown 1972-74 ? 18 -   - 54 ? ? ? ?  
Newtown 1973 2 - -   - - 1 0 1 50.00% Match list
Balmain 1975-82 ? 28 -   - 84 ? ? ? ?  
Balmain 1978-1982 63 10 -   - 30 23 36 4 36.51% Match list
Overall 1972-1982 ? 46 0   0 138 ? ? ? ?  

Your Say

Jamie says: Hi,

Does anyone know the whereabouts of Neil nowadays? (11/08/2011)

Anonymous says: fabulous open ball runner,most times when he touched the ball a try would seem likely,whole hearted all rounder. (04/01/2012)

Anonymous says: Bring Back the Biff!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2JttyTZBc0 (17/02/2012)

Anonymous says: great person (16/04/2012)

Michael says: Marrickville boy. Legend has it that he tried out for Newtown when he was 13 & was graded in 3rd grade until the selectors found out his true age & told to comeback in a few years. Broke my heart when he left Newtown. Great cover defender & good ball runner. Always gave 100% . Living in Queensland these days & a regular at Newtown re union days at Henson Park .
Sorry to here about his son's passing. (20/04/2012)

Anonymous says: I remember Neil's supreme skills as a copybook tackler. Around the legs and down to the bootlaces.
Spectacular to watch, very effective and usually perormed with complete safety to Neil and the ball carrier. He was a great front on and covering defender. Oh, and a top attacking player as well.
A truely great lock forward. (07/05/2012)

E Curb Nottus says: Started his career with the Blues like he was going to something really special, but somehow it never got to the top level.

Pringle had so much potential as a loose forward (and as a pivot), I likened him to the dynamic Nev Hornery who also shone for a short time (circa 1970) and then his career just petered out. (07/05/2012)

bill says: Running off Brian Lockwood was like drinking mothers to me ,it was so good. U were a star that should have gone further.Hope u are having a rewarding life wherever u are. (16/06/2012)

klm says: Apart from his undoubted skill he is almost single -handedly responsible for the professional era. It was he who challenged the big boys in court. (01/07/2012)

Trevor says: A living legend,I watched him at leichardt oval in 1979 in a fight with ray price,he almost killed price. Very tough man bing (22/10/2012)

Anonymous says: WHAT A GREAT PLAYER AND GREAT BLOKE (20/08/2013)

David says: I meet with Neil on the gold coast for work reasons in the building industry,
A complete gentleman with a heart of gold. (08/10/2013)

Anonymous says: i became a balmain supporter because of him. he worked at the local liquor store in Stanmore, (25/11/2013)

Phil Kafcaloudes says: I loved watching Neil with the Tigers. He was a cheeky bugger.. would steal the ball, then when his nemesis, ref greg Hartley would ping him, would raise his arms, act incredulous and ask what he did to deserve a penalty. My favourite player: cunning, fast and thoroughly enjoying every minute on the paddock (25/04/2014)

allan crackers caco caunt says: neil who i have known personally since working together for o.brien glass in 1967, is a very compassionate human being and a great rugby league player, his representive career was curtailed due to football polictics, which i remind him each time when we get together for a quite drink,he was right up there with the greats , past and present,and has been a very loyal mate, not just to me but to everyone who knows him, neil is is a champion in every respect of life, in fact none come any better, crackers caco (22/07/2014)

John says: Sadly he has had to go through the anguish of losing his son in 2013 due to a mental illness. (07/10/2014)

Bluey says: Met Neil and Mary when he had the Coolangatta Sands Hotel. He was best mates with Larry Corowa. A really genuine good bloke with great senses of humour. Enjoyed having a beer with him. Although his career had finished and I was still playing. I remembered him as brilliant lock forward when I was a young junior here in Qld. He lived on the Goldy and probably still does. (02/10/2017)

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