SARL Hall Of Fame
Louis Neumann 1941 – 2003
Louis Neumann was signed by Leeds rugby league from the Thistles rugby club,Western Cape in 1960
He gained a wealth of rugby league experience with leeds ,playing as a lock or second row
Louis made an immediate impact as a clever ball playing forward and was with Leeds for 6 seasons
He was highly recommended to the Eastern Suburbs Roosters (Sydney) who signed him for the 1967 season
During his time at the Roosters ,he became known as a punishing defender and constructive ball player who was always in the thick of the heavy work.
His badge of office were two cauliflower ears and assorted facial scars where he had been stitched together.
After the departure of the great Roosters coach , Jack Gibson, Louis was made captain coach for the 1969 season and remains the only South African to have been captain and coach in first grade league in Australia
He left the Roosters at the end of the 1971 season after 5 seasons
After a distinguished career with Leeds and Eastern Suburbs , Louis moved to Orange in the NSW country competition where he captain/coached Orange Ex-services to two grand finals in the early 70s.
Louis Neumann was one of the toughest South African players to play the game in one of the toughest eras
Leeds rugby league 123 matches
Eastern suburbs 81 matches – 22 as captain/coach
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