The NRL community is in mourning after the death of Norm Provan, who became immortal in the most iconic photographs of the rugby league.
Rugby league Immortal Norm Provan died at the age of 88.
The rugby league community is in mourning after the St. George Dragons legend died Wednesday night.
He represented the Dragons in 256 games from 1951 to 1965 and is widely recognized as one of the best soccer players of the 20th century.
It was his performance away from the football field that strengthened his legacy as a game Goliath, remembered as one of the finest gentlemen that Australian sports have ever known.
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Wayne Bennett summarized Provins’ position in the game when he spoke earlier this year.
“No one knows anything more than Norm Provan in the game,” he said.
“He participated in 10 Premierships. We all fought hard to win one and he won 10.
“Our NRL Premiership (Provan-Summons Trophy) is named after him.
“He played in Australia and continued to coach. He is an outstanding man. He was a superstar of his time. He symbolizes what the game is.”
The second row appeared in 10 Grand Finals during St. George’s unprecedented 11-year reign as the NSWRL Premier between 1956 and 1966.
His ten-time Grand Final appearance is a record for the Australian rugby league.
He also played 19 games in New South Wales and 14 games in Australia.
Proven was named to the Australian Rugby League Team of the Century in 2008. He was appointed to the Sports Australia Hall Off Fame in 2015 and three years later joined the most exclusive club in the rugby league as an immortal.
He is also famous for appearing in the Provan-Summons Trophy, which is awarded to the NRL Premier every season. Provins’ iconic photo alongside Arthur Summons was taken in the mud of SCG after the 1963 Grand Final and has become synonymous with sports.
Provins has been fighting dementia in recent years.
Inundated with tributes for Provan
Norm Provan is celebrated in the rugby league world for his legacy.
Rugby league veteran Ashton Sims was one of the first to pay homage to Provan.
“Warrior. Immortal. Legend,” he posted on Twitter.
“Vale Norm Provan. I met Norm on the Sunshine Coast in 2003. You will never meet a real gentleman.
“I will never forget to wave your hand, and to this day it is the largest hand I have ever waved.”
Candid sports commentator Peter FitzSimons remembered Provins simply as a “nice guy.”
It’s a loss shared by many.