The enduring legacy of rugby league immortal Norm Provan
Rugby league immortal Norm Provan has died at 88 years of age.
He had been in palliative care and passed away overnight with his family at his side.
Provan won 10 premierships with St George between 1956 to 1966, four as captain.
The best-remembered of those games was the mud-soaked 1963 Grand Final against Souths, where an image was taken of Provan with Arthur Summons.
The image has been recreated with the pair immortalised in bronze as part of the NRL Grand Final trophy.
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Rugby league statistician and historian David Middleton paid tribute to a true legend of the code.
“Definitely a sad day for the game, we have lost one of the giants of the code today, he was a giant in every respect,” he said on Wide World of Sports.
“He stood round 6ft4, pretty big for his day in the 1950s-60s.
“He was a giant of the game, a gentleman off the field, one of the nicest men you’d ever meet.”
He said he was a fanatic on his fitness, which started early in his career.
Provan was described as having great skill with the ball, a “terrier in defence” and a great all-rounder.
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