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RUGBY LEAGUE | Rugby League’s Gladiator Arthur Summons passes away at 84

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Former Western Suburbs, New South Wales and Australian captain Arthur Summons has passed away at the age of 84.

Summons was portrayed alongside St George Dragons great Norm Provan in the most significant rugby league photo in Australian history, captured by photographer John O’Gready after the 1963 New South Wales Rugby League Grand Final.

The image would become immortalised in the trophy presented to the winner of the New South Wales Rugby League, ARL and now NRL Grand Final.

His career began in Sydney Rugby with the famous Gordon Rugby club, representing the Wallabies ten times.

In 1960 he made the switch to rugby league and appeared 60 times for the Magpies. The halfback would appear for the Magpies in three consecutive Grand Finals during St George’s stunning eleven consecutive titles.

Summons represented Australia nine times, including being appointed as captain-coach in 1963.

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When his career ended in 1964, he headed bush to play for the Wagga Magpies.

The accolades post-career included being named in the greatest 100 players as part of the Centenary of Rugby League in 2008, and was inducted into the Western Suburbs Hall of Fame that same year. He was a life member of the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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