League Immortal Norm Provan dies aged 89

Rugby league legend Norm Provan has died, aged 89.

The Immortal had been battling dementia in recent times.

The Dragons confirmed Provan’s demise final night time and launched a press release a short while in the past, paying tribute to the membership nice.

“Norm Provan stays an iconic and essential a part of St George’s wealthy historical past,” St George Dragons chairman and St George Illawarra board member Craig Younger stated.

“Norm was instrumental in St George’s nice run of 11 premierships, a feat we are going to by no means see happen once more.

“Everybody concerned with St George District and the St George Illawarra Dragons want to ship their condolences to Norm’s household.”

Former Dragons ahead Ashton Sims additionally paid his respects to the fallen Dragon, recalling the primary time he met Provan.

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“The warrior. The immortal. The legend,” he posted on Twitter.

“Vale Norm Provan. I met Norm in 2003 on the Sunshine Coast & you would not meet a more true gentleman.

“I will always remember shaking your hand & to at the present time, it is the largest hand I’ve ever shaken.”

Nicknamed ‘Sticks’, Provan was born within the NSW Riverina and performed his junior soccer within the Sutherland shire.

He solely joined St George after being knocked again by Jap Suburbs at a trial. Provan made his debut for the Dragons in 1952.

The second-rower was pivotal in main St George to their report run of premiership wins. He additionally performed 18 Assessments for Australia and 19 video games for NSW.

He featured in 256 video games for St George between 1951 to 1965, and was seen as one of many best gamers to lace a boot.

He performed in 10 of the Pink V’s 11 successive grand-final victories, the final 4 as captain-coach.

The legend’s look in ten grand finals is an Australian rugby league report.

Confirmed was inducted within the Sport Australia Corridor off Fame in 2015, and three years later was named an Immortal alongside Dave Brown, Frank Burge, Mal Meninga and Dally Messenger.

Provan’s feats have been additional immortalised by the NRL, with the icon and Arthur Summons captured in a well-known photograph dubbed “the Gladiators” that adorns the premiership trophy.

The long-lasting photograph of a mud soaked Provan alongside Summons was taken on the SCG after the 1963 grand remaining.

In an interview earlier this yr, grasp coach Wayne Bennett, who serves on the panel of judges for Immortal choice, stated Provan’s achievements are unparalleled.

“I do not know anyone within the recreation who did greater than Norm Provan,” Bennett stated.

“He was a part of 10 premierships … all of us battle arduous to win one and he gained 10.

“Our NRL premiership (the Provan-Summons trophy) is called after him.

“He performed for Australia and went on to teach and he’s an excellent man. He was a famous person of his period. He epitomises what the sport is about.”

9’s director of sport, Brent Williams, stated Provan’s legacy went past the sport of rugby league.

“Norm Provan represents one of the iconic figures in not simply NRL however Australian sport,” he stated. 

“While we pause in unhappiness on the information of his passing, we’re drawn to replicate on his greatness and his great contributions to the sport of rugby league. 

“Norm Provan’s immortality is assured and his place within the historical past of rugby league will endlessly be considered one of legend.”  

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