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Vale Norm Provan

Wests Tigers would like to extend its condolences to the friends and family of rugby league icon Norm Provan following his passing.

Provan passed away on Monday evening after a long battle with illness. 

Provan was a giant of the game in every respect. Apart from his imposing stature (he stood 193cm), Provan was a towering figure for St George in their record run of premiership wins and for Australia in 18 Test and World Cup appearances.

At Test level, he formed one of Australia's most revered back-row partnerships with Queensland and later Western Suburbs second-rower Kel O'Shea.

The aftermath of St George's 1963 win over Western Suburbs saw one of Australia's most memorable sporting images captured, now known as 'The Gladiators', with Provan embracing then Magpies captain Arthur Summons, who passed away last year. A sculptured trophy of the iconic moment has been awarded to the victorious grand final team since 1982, now known as the Provan Summons Trophy.

The Provan-Summons trophy embrace

NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said Provan was one of the most respected figures in the game.

"As an Immortal, Norm’s contribution to the game will live on forever," Abdo said. "Today we mourn the passing of a rugby league legend."

The thoughts of all at Wests Tigers are with the Provan family during this time.