Tributes paid to true great

Vince Karalius, the former St Helents and Widnes star, has passed away at the age of 76.nnKaralius made 12 appearances for Great Britain and is regarded as one of the finest players to grace the game. nnKnown as “The Wild Bull of the Pampas”, Karalius was born in Widnes but enjoyed a hugely successful spell with their rivals St Helens, winning the Challenge Cup in 1955 and 1961, before returning to his home town club.nnAfter retiring from the game the rampaging loose forward became a highly regarded coach. Rugby Football League chief executive Nigel Wood led the tributes.nn”His achievements mark him out as one of the best players of his generation and anybody who saw him in action will remember his energetic style,” said Wood.nn”Vince also contributed a great deal to rugby league as a coach and was highly successful when he took charge of the Widnes club and led them to a Wembley victory.nn”We would like to send our deepest condolences and very best wishes to his family and friends at this time of great sadness.”

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