Norm Provan dies, aged 88

LU Logo NRLM
Embed from Getty Images

Dragons legend and the 13th Rugby League Immortal Norm Provan has died, age 88.

The St George Illawarra and St George clubs, along with the wider rugby league community mourn his loss today.

Born in Urana, New South Wales, he played his junior rugby league in the Sutherland Shire, eventually making his debut for the Red V in 1952.

Provan was part of 10 of St George's 11 straight titles in the 50's and 60's, four of those as captain-coach.

In 1963, he was captured alongside opposing player Arthur Summons in 'The Gladiators' photo after St George defeated Wests in the Grand Final.

The image has taken pride of place as the sculpted centrepiece of the premiership trophy across the NSWRL, ARL and NRL since 1982, and in recent years has been recognised further with the NRL donning the trophy with the offical moniker 'Provan Summons Trophy'.

Provan played 14 Test matches for Australia, and was inducted into the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame in 2004, and was recognised as a Rugby League Immortal in 2018.

Following his playing career, he coached St George, Cronulla and Parramatta.

The St George Illawarra club released a statement on Thursday morning which can be viewed here.


The LeagueUnlimited team wish to offer our sincere condolences to Norm's family, friends and the Dragons community.