ON THIS DAY

On this day in 1959, former Leeds winger Wilf Rosenberg made his debut for the club.

On this day in 1959, former Leeds winger Wilf Rosenberg made his debut for the club. The South African’s first appearance for Leeds was actually delayed as he recovered from a fractured leg and he was also unable to play in the Challenge Cup following Rugby League Council ruling him ineligible after his father had signed his contract and registration on his behalf, after claiming power of attorney while Wilf was getting married back home. His first appearance for the Loiners eventually came against Barrow, when two tries from another new signing Derek Hallas helped Leeds to a 16-13 win. It was Hallas and Rosenberg who formed one of the best partnerships in the league, with Rosenberg, who had previously played all his rugby in the centre, converting to the wing. Whilst at Leeds he continued his medical studies but never gave anything less than 100% to Leeds and averaged almost a try a game for the club. One of his most memorable games for the club came in 1961, when Leeds took on St Helens in the Championship semi-final and his two amazing tries, one of which is still considered to be one of the best ever scored at Headingley Carnegie, helped Leeds to a 11-4 win that put them on their way to the final where he collected a winner’s medal in the Club’s first Championship victory. He left the club in 1961, after he broke his jaw against Hunslet, and later joined Hull, before retiring from the game to become a dentist.