Norm Provan

Playing Career

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Norman Douglas Somerville Provan
Nickname(s)
Sticks
Born
Sunday, 18th December, 1932
Died
Wednesday, 13th October, 2021 (Aged 88 years and 299 days)
Place Of Birth
Urana, New South Wales, Australia

Honours & Awards

Based only on data available in the RLP database. This information should be used as a guide only.

World Cup
1957
The Ashes
1954
Test Series
1956/57 France vs. Australia, Australia vs New Zealand 1959, Australia vs France 1960
Interstate Series
1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1961
NSWRFL Premiership (NRL)
1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965
City Cup
1959
Preseason Cup
1963, 1964, 1965
Clive Churchill Medal
1957, 1958, 1963
International Hall Of Fame
2004
National Rugby League Hall Of Fame
2004
NSWRL Hall Of Fame
2017
Immortal
2018

Known Family Links

Brother
Peter Provan

Biography

The career of Norm 'Sticks' Provan casts a giant shadow over the game of rugby league. The St George and Australian Test legend played in 10 winning grand finals from 1956-65, the last four as captain-coach, as well as 14 Tests. Provan came into the St George ranks from neighbouring Sutherland in 1950 after the lanky, raw-boned forward missed out on being graded by Easts. He played in St George's loss to Souths in the 1953 grand final but great years lay ahead. In 1954 he played for NSW and in all three Tests against Great Britain. With almost 100kg spread over his 1.93m frame Provan formed a great partnership with Kel O'Shea in Australia's back row. In 1956, the year St George started their record-breaking 11 consecutive premiership wins, Provan toured with the Kangaroos. Injury ruled him out of the Tests against Great Britain but he appeared in three Tests against France at the end of the tour. A member of Australia's victorious World Cup squad the following year Provan played in all three Tests against Great Britain in 1958 and against the Kiwis in 1959. Despite declaring his unavailability for the 1959 Kangaroo Tour, he took on the Frenchmen in 1960 in his final Test series. The retirement of Ken Kearney in 1962 led to Provan's appointment as captain-coach of St George and the club's dominance continued. (The only hiccup during this time was the thrashing St George received by a champion Great Britain team in 1962). In the 1963 grand final Provan's image was immortalised with Wests’ captain Arthur Summons in John O'Gready's famous photograph, 'The Gladiators'. No other photo has captured the sportsmanship and camaraderie in the code. In 1965 Provan announced his retirement and a record SCG crowd of 78,065 fans were on hand to farewell him after yet another grand final victory. Following a season as non-playing coach in 1968, in which he took St George to the preliminary final, Provan had two further stints as coach with P’matta (1975) and grand finalists Cronulla (1978-79) before retiring to Queensland. His legacy in the game is remembered in the striking of the Winfield Cup trophy (1982-95), the Provan-Summons Medal for Best and Fairest player and the current NRL premiership trophy.
- ALAN WHITICKER

Playing Career Statistics

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Competitions

Competition   Comp Wins App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
The Ashes 1 6 4 -   - 24 3 3 0 50.00% List
World Cup 1 4 1 -   - 3 3 1 0 75.00% List
Tour Matches Sydney Firsts - 3 - -   - - 2 1 0 66.67% List
Tour Matches New South Wales Firsts - 5 2 -   - 6 4 1 0 80.00% List
Tour Matches Australia - 26 9 -   - 27 16 9 1 61.54% List
Tour Matches St George Dragons - 2 - -   - - 1 1 0 50.00% List
Test Series 4 14 7 -   - 9 9 5 0 64.29% List
Interstate Series 5 20 4 -   - 12 17 3 0 85.00% List
City vs Country Firsts - 7 7 -   - 21 6 1 0 85.71% List
Country Carnival - 4 3 1   - 11 4 0 0 100.00% List
NSWRFL Premiership (NRL) 10 255 64 1   - 194 195 56 4 76.47% List
NSWRFL Finals - 29 11 -   - 33 21 8 0 72.41% List
City Cup 1 1 1 -   - 3 1 0 0 100.00% List
Preseason Cup 3 21 3 -   - 9 16 2 3 76.19% List


International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1954, 1956-60   18 8 -   - 24 12 6 0 66.67% List

International Matches - By Team

Team Years   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1954, 1957   3 2 -   - 6 3 0 0 100.00% List

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1954, 1957   4 1 -   - 3 3 1 0 75.00% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Probables (AU) 1951   1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
NSW City Seconds 1953   1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
Sydney Firsts 1954, 1956, 1958, 1960   4 - -   - - 3 1 0 75.00% List
NSW Firsts 1954-61   25 6 -   - 18 21 4 0 84.00% List
NSW City Firsts 1954-55, 1957-60, 1962   7 7 -   - 21 6 1 0 85.71% List
Possibles (AU) 1956   1 1 -   - 3 1 0 0 100.00% List
Overall1951-1962   39 14 0   0 42 32 7 0 82.05% List


Club Career

NSWRFL Premiership (NRL) - By Year

Team Season   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George NSWRFL 1951   20 5 -   - 15 11 8 1 55.00% List
St George NSWRFL 1952   18 4 -   - 12 12 6 0 66.67% List
St George NSWRFL 1953   18 4 -   - 12 11 7 0 61.11% List
St George NSWRFL 1954   16 2 -   - 6 10 6 0 62.50% List
St George NSWRFL 1955   16 1 -   - 3 10 6 0 62.50% List
St George NSWRFL 1956   18 3 -   - 9 14 3 1 77.78% List
St George NSWRFL 1957   18 3 -   - 9 16 2 0 88.89% List
St George NSWRFL 1958   18 11 -   - 33 16 2 0 88.89% List
St George NSWRFL 1959   17 11 -   - 33 17 0 0 100.00% List
St George NSWRFL 1960   12 4 -   - 12 10 2 0 83.33% List
St George NSWRFL 1961   16 4 1   - 14 14 2 0 87.50% List
St George NSWRFL 1962   15 4 -   - 12 11 3 1 73.33% List
St George NSWRFL 1963   18 3 -   - 9 14 3 1 77.78% List
St George NSWRFL 1964   16 2 -   - 6 13 3 0 81.25% List
St George NSWRFL 1965   19 3 -   - 9 16 3 0 84.21% List

NSWRFL Premiership (NRL) - By Team

Team Years   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George 1951-65   255 64 1   - 194 195 56 4 76.47% List

Your Say

  • scott
    07/10/2013

    He definitely already should be a immortal

  • Ross jones
    11/07/2016

    I have lived in Orange for the past 50 years . When I lived in Sydney my mates and I watched saints nearly every weekend. we would go along and watch all three grades . Most of the time we would go to the cricket ground as the game of the day. The best footballer in the era to me was Reg gasnier Norm Sticks Provan was also one of the best of his era . They say when retired he was still God enough to play for Australia. Should have been immortal years ago

  • Dave Knyvett
    12/10/2016

    Norm Provan is to my mind the epitome of a sporting legend.
    The immortal badge is a farce contrived by the media who have bought and paid for a game that no longer belonges to those who love it .
    "Sticks " will always be the greatest rugby league player I have had the honour to have seen ( as a 12year old at the time )
    Shame on the greedy big noting channel nine who think they can buy and control .

  • GRH
    14/05/2019

    God came down to play for St George and called himself Norm Provan

  • Anonymous
    28/03/2020

    Norm should have been a immortal long time before andrew johns and wally lewis

  • Anonymous
    17/03/2023

    Norm Provan Played 256 Games Not 255.

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