Overnight rugby league legend Arthur Summons, has passed away as tributes to the icon flow in the rugby league community.
Immortalised as one half of the NRL trophy, the former Wests Magpies, New South Wales and Kangaroos playmaker passed away on Saturday night after a long illness, he was 84.
Captured in an iconic image after the 1963 Grand Final Arthur Summons alongside St George captain Norm Provan picture became the official image on the NRL’s Provan-Summons trophy.
A member of the NRL Hall of Fame,”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.
“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.”
Summons played 60 matches for Wests in the early 1960s, playing in three consecutive grand final defeats to St George.
He made his debut for Australia in 1961, eventually playing nine Tests for his country, including five as captain.
Also paying tribute to the Hall of famer, Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe “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.
“Summons was a wonderful man and player in his time and helped to 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 rugby league as a whole, this is a sad day for rugby league but one that will also allow us to celebrate a wonderful part of our game’s history and the role Arthur played in that.”
A private service for Arthur will be held in Wagga Wagga later this week.
By Angus Jones