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RIP Arthur Summons

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Iconic halfback Arthur Summons dies, aged 84

Australian rugby league is in mourning following the death of one of the game's iconic figures, former Magpies halfback Arthur Summons. Summons - a member of the NRL Hall of Fame who famously adorns the Premiership trophy alongside St George Immortal Norm Provan, died overnight at the age of 84.

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Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) Chairman Peter V'landys AM today paid tribute to one of the game's most iconic figures, Arthur Summons.

Summons, one of the game's Gladiators and a Member of the NRL Hall of Fame, passed away last night.

"Arthur epitomised everything that rugby league stands for - he was a talented player, a fierce competitor, a wonderful character and extremely popular with everyone," Mr V'landys said.

"His importance to the game continued - and was immortalised - after his retirement as a player when he became the face of our Premiership, along with Norm Provan, and he embraced the responsibility which came with that. Arthur's memory and legacy will live on in bronze for all of us to celebrate.

"This is a sad day for Rugby League, but it's also an opportunity for us to celebrate what makes Arthur Summons such a wonderful part of our history.

"Arthur was famously relatively small in stature, but he was still an absolute giant of our game. He will be greatly missed.

"On behalf of the game, I'd like to extend our deepest condolences to Arthur's family, friends, and to Norm as well."

NRL media release

Wests Tigers would like to extend their condolences to the family of Arthur Summons following his passing last night.

A talented rugby union and league player, Summons enjoyed a strong club career in league with the Western Suburbs Magpies while also thriving on the international stage. The versatile playmaker represented City, Sydney and New South Wales before featuring for Australia on 27 occasions between 1961 and 1964.

Summons also captained the national rugby league team in five undefeated test matches from 1962 until 1964 before later coaching the side.

Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe paid tribute to an iconic figure in the game.

"On behalf of all at Wests Tigers, I'd like to send my condolences to Arthur's family," Pascoe said. "We have lost a true giant of rugby league.

"Arthur was a wonderful man and player in his time and helped us all celebrate our great game for what makes it the best. He epitomises the importance what our game expects on and off the field and he will be remembered as for that.

"On behalf of all at Wests Tigers, Western Suburbs and the rugby league family as a whole, this is a truly sad day for all of us but one that also allows us to look back and celebrate the wonderful history of our game and the role Arthur played in that."

Having finished his career with the Wagga Magpies, Arthur's contribution to rugby league was recognised by becoming a Life Member of the Sydney Cricket Ground as well as an inaugural member of the Western Suburbs Hall of Fame in 2008.

He was also inducted to the NRL's official Hall of Fame registry.

A private service for Arthur will be held in Wagga Wagga later this week. The thoughts of all at Wests Tigers are with Arthur's wife Pam and his family during this time.

Wests Tigers media release
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