Immortal Rugby League Norm Provan has passed away at the age of 89. One of the best second rowers in the history of the game, Provan has won 10 titles Prime Minister during St George's Golden Age between 1956 and 1966.
His image still remains in the game today, in the frame of NRL Gladiators trophy alongside Western rival Suburbs, Arthur Summons. Summons passed away last year, Provan's death now leaving the rugby league without two of its greatest characters and most iconic duo.
After making his debut for the Dragons in 1951, Provan scored 63 tries in 256 games for the club and represented Australia in 18 Tests and NSW 20 times. His perfect 10-game record is only matched by his Dragons teammate Brian Clay, Provan retiring in 1965.
Four of Provan's titles have come as captain-coach, confirming his status as one of the greats of the game.
"We have lost one of the true legends of our game Said Peter V 'landys, chairman of the ARL commission. "Norm was revered for his leadership and courage as a player - but also for his incredibly humble, kind and genuine nature as athan anyone.
"Unfortunately, the game has now lost our two“ gladiators. ”But our Provan-Summons trophy will live on as recognition of Norm and his good Companion Arthur. They will be missed, but they will always be remembered. "
A second tall rower measuring 193 cm, Provan was born in Urana in the Riverina area before moving to Sydney and playing for Willoughby as a junior.He then moved to the Sutherland area, setting up his illustrious career with St George an almost being rejected by Eastern Suburbs.
Provan remains the most capped player in St George's history, a record he will keep forever after the club merged with Illawarra in 1999 He was named to the Australian Rugby League's Team of the Century in 2008 and was elevated to immortal status in 2018. At the time, he was unable to attend the ceremony.emotion due to his fragile health, with his daughter Sue McCloud attending on his behalf.
"We have always admired Daddy. He has always been immortal to us" McCloud said at the time on accepting his nomination. "Getting him to receive this, especially now, means a lot to all of us - and to him. He wasn't doing very well, so he couldn't. get off today for that. ”
Provan's death Wednesday night comes after a tragic year for the sport, following the death of fellow Immortal Bob Fulton and league legend Tommy Raudonikis.
Norm Provan - St George Dragons
Firsts: 10, 1956-65 (four finals as a coach)
NSW games: 20
NSWRL Player of the Year: 1958
Sun-Herald Best And Fairest: 1954
Clive Churchill Medal: 1957, 1958, 1963
Australian Rugby Teamto XV of the Century: 2008
International Hall of Fame: 2004
NSW Team of the Century: 2008
Named to the NRL Team of the 1950s: 2007