St Helens legend Tom Van Vollenhoven flies in to England today from his home in South Africa as the special guest of the club for the Grand Final and will personally present each Saints player with his Grand Final shirt at a private player gathering on Friday.
Saints’ Chairman Eamonn McManus stated: “Tom has flown in with his wife Leonie as our special guests for the game. He will present each of our players individually with their match shirts.
“He is one of the all-time rugby greats and Saints’ greatest ever winger. He knows what it is like to play in and to win big finals against Wigan and what it means to this Club and to its fans.
“He is an absolute gentleman as well as the leading figure in our great history. It is magnificent that he’s with us again as we write our latest page.”
‘Vol’ played rugby union for North Transvaal and the Springboks before attracting the attention of St Helens in 1957.
He scored four tries for the Boks in seven appearances and that phenomenal strike-rate continued at the Saints. In 11 seasons he crossed 392 times in 408 appearances in a legendary career which is still talked about and revered today.