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The Gladiators : Norm Provan and Arthur Summons Tell the Story of Rugby League's Most Iconic Moment - Norman Tasker

The Gladiators

Norm Provan and Arthur Summons Tell the Story of Rugby League's Most Iconic Moment


Published: 24th July 2013
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The story behind the 1963 battle between St George and Western Suburbs and the image that defined rugby league. From the men who were at its centre and their sometimes controversial thoughts on the game today.

When rival captains Norm Provan and Arthur Summons came together in a momentary embrace at the end of the 1963 Rugby League grand final, they could never have imagined the tradition they were building. They became the subject of one of sport's most enduring images, and ultimately the centrepiece of League's premiership trophy.

Fifty years on, that moment is still celebrated as an iconic reflection of the game and its people. It is also a symbol of the changing face of sport, and of the role that sport has played in the Australian way of life. This book traces the legacy of Norm Provan and Arthur Summons and the champions of their time. In their own words, they tell how the game was, how it has changed, and where it is headed. They bring insight that only time and experience can fashion, and they do so with jaunty good humour.

Provan and Summons remain two of the most recognised players in the game. They were champion internationals in their own right, and they each went on to become coaches of high achievement. Provan is perhaps the most successful player of all time, having played in ten grand finals and won the lot.

They were the fiercest of rivals through three successive grand finals. Yet through the image that has immortalised them, they have become lifelong friends. This is their story and their sometimes provocative reflections on what has happened to Rugby League since.

About the Author

Norman Tasker has spent a lifetime writing on rugby league and is author of 8 books, including Beaver: The Steve Menzies Story.



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A very good read.


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
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    I purchased this book for my son and he read it over and over. I read it myself but had to buy my own copy as I could not get it from my son. It is an easy read and very informative. I have since purchased another copy as a gift. It is a great book about Rugby League and how it was back in the 60's. It is great to compare how things relating to Rugby League have changed.
    If you like Rugby League you will like this.

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    ISBN: 9781743316313
    ISBN-10: 1743316313
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 272
    Published: 24th July 2013
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.54
    Weight (kg): 0.36
    Edition Number: 1