Great Man of League Passes Away!

Rugby league legend Arthur Summons loses long-term battle with cancer aged 84

The former Kangaroos captain and coach is famously immortalised in the iconic photo with rival captain Norm Provan that is depicted in the NRL premiership trophy.

Summons, who underwent major surgery in 2018 to remove cancer from his mouth, died on Saturday night.

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  • R.I.P. 

    I've got the Gladiators signed frame proudly hanging in my house. 

  •  Arthur Summons was also captain of the greatest Kangeroo Team Ever .....62/63 ......

    That team had Parramatta greats Thornett Bros, Brian Hambly, Barry Rushworth  and remind me Slugg was Ronnie Lynch on that tour or was that the year he broke his leg in the needless trial?

    RIP Arthur you have gone down in History and your family are very proud.

    PS I was at the 62 Grand Final,  Sluggy reminds me our 3rd Grade played that day and won Parra's first ever Premiership in Grade Football ! he also told me that he was standing  close to where they took that famous photo..... I wasn't I was in the open section of the Sheridan Stand soaked to the skin.

    • Lynch broke collar bone in  a late season possibles v probabls trial. He would have been a certain selection. His place was taken by Kevin Smyth. Rushworth was selected while playing for Lithgow and joined Parra in 1964. Our 3rd grade won our first GF in 1964, I think.  And I was standing on the fence close to the famous photo was taken.

      not a bad memory for geriatric eh. 

      • Obviously better than mine Slugg  (never in doubt), I was trying to figure out why  i was at that Grand Final 62.... thought it was our third grade?  that kangaroo side, the greatest ever was 63.

  • I sat on the hill in 1963 watching that grand final ,st George wearing white looked the same colour as west’s who as we know wore black.the embrace at the end of the game was something really special.We came from Kangaroo Valley 

  • Great bloke and better footy player.

    One of the first dual code representatives if my memory serves me correctly.

    Was a teacher at Ryde High School for a few years and coached their senior Wugby side (schools did not play Leeg back then).

    The Ryde halfback (who became a very close friend several years later) was my specific target and I hammered him from Breakaway every scrum.

    Arthur comes up to me after one very punishing match - we hammered the begeezuz out of each other - and quietly says, "Well played son, you kept him quiet for the entire match."

    He took them from being easy beats to one very tough team.

    Both me and my mate went on to play for North Shore CHS team and vie for a spot in Australian Schoolboys team.

     

    ABSOLUTE Gentleman.

    Vale Arthur.

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