Rugby league legend who was such a giant of the game he’s featured on the NRL trophy dies aged 88 – throwing the code into mourning
- Rugby league immortal Norm Provan died aged 88 following dementia battle
- St George Dragons and Test legend won 10 premierships in 1950s and 60s
- Iconic image of him and Arthur Summons after 1963 grand final on NRL trophy
The NRL is mourning the death of rugby league immortal Norm Provan.
The St George Dragons legend died on Wednesday night, aged 88 following a battle with dementia.
Regarded as one of the finest players of the 20th century, the second-rower played 256 games for Dragons between 1951 and 1965 and won 10 premierships during the club’s golden era 1956-1966.
He represented Australia on 14 occasions.
Rugby league immortal Norm Provan (pictured with daughter Susan) has died aged 88 following a battle with dementia
Provan is immortalised on the NRL premiership trophy embracing Arthur Summons in the mud at the SCG following the 1963 grand final.
He was named Australian rugby league’s team of the century in 2008 and was elevated to immortal status in 2018.
The loss comes less than a year after the death of Summons last December, aged 84.
The rugby league world has also mourned the deaths of fellow greats of the game Bob Fulton and Tommy Raudonikis in 2021.
Former players of the game have led the outpouring of tributes.
The sporting world is mourning the loss of Norm Provan (right). He’s pictured with Arthur Summons (left), whom he appears with on the NRL premiership trophy
‘I met Norm in 2003 on the Sunshine Coast & you wouldn’t meet a truer gentleman,’ former Dragon NRL star Ashton Simms posted.
‘I’ll never forget shaking your hand & to this day, it’s the biggest hand I’ve ever shaken!! Will be missed.
More to come.