Norm Provan

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October 19, 2021

Norm Provan, born December 18, 1931 in Urana (Australia and died October 13, 2021), is an Australian rugby union player and coach. During his playing career, Norm Provan occupied the second row position and is one of the best in history there. He won the New South Wales Championship ten times with St. George in 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1965, the last five titles being also a coach. He took part in two editions of the World Cup winning the title in 1957. Finally, he reached the final of the New South Wales Championship once again as a coach with Cronulla-Sutherland in 1978. His immense career is hailed by his introduction to the Immortals selection in 2018 and to the Rugby League Hall of Fame in 2004, alongside his teammates Reg Gasnier and Graeme Langlands.

Biography

His brother, Peter Provan, was also a rugby union player. They were teammates at St. George between 1956 and 1960, then Peter enlisted at Balmain with whom he won the New South Wales Championship in 1969. Norm Provan has the distinction of being the youngest coach in history to win the title of the New South Wales Championship and the National Rugby League combined at the age of 29.

Awards

As a player

Collective: World Cup winner: 1957 (Australia). Winner of the New South Wales Championship: 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1965 (St. George). New South Wales Championship finalist: 1953 (St. George) Individual: Voted best player of the National Rugby League final: 1957, 1958 and 1963 (St. George). Introduced in Immortals in 2018. Inducted into the Rugby League Hall of Fame in 2004.

As a trainer

Collective: Winner of the New South Wales Championship: 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1965 (St. George). New South Wales Championship finalist: 1978 (Cronulla-Sutherland).

In the national team

References

External link

Sport-related resource: Sport Australia Hall of Fame Rugby Union Portal Australia Portal

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