Herb Narvo

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Herb Narvo
Herb Narvo Aust1944.jpg
Personal information
Full name Hermann Olaf Narvo (Nawo)
Born 19 August 1912
Ultimo, New South Wales
Died 28 July 1958
Newcastle, New South Wales
Playing information
Position Prop, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1937 Newtown 8 1 0 0 3
1938–41 Norths (Newcastle)
1943–45 Newtown 34 12 7 0 67
1946 St. George 13 3 8 0 25
1947 Cootamundra
1948 Camden
1949 Newtown 6 2 0 0 6
Total 61 18 15 0 101
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1938–45 New South Wales 12 39
1937–38 Australia 4 2 0 0 6
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1946 St. George 16 11 0 5 69
Source: RLP Yesterday's Hero

Herbert Narvo (1912–1958) was an Australian rugby league footballer and boxer of the 1930s and 40s. He was a national representative rugby league player and national heavyweight boxing champion. He has since been named amongst the nation's finest footballers of the 20th century.

Rugby league career[edit]

Born in Sydney, but raised in Newcastle, Herb Narvo signed with Newtown in 1937 and soon shone as one of the form forwards of the competition. Following an injury to Joe Pearce, Narvo was a late call up to 1937 Kangaroo tour where he starred, playing in four Tests, eighteen minor matches and scoring ten tour tries.

Narvo with the 1937-38 Kangaroos (2nd row 4th from left)

He played for Norths Newcastle in 1938 and made state representative appearances for New South Wales from 1938-41 but his national Test career was limited due to the war. Whilst in the RAAF Narvo helped the Newtown club win the 1943 New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership but along with Len Smith missed the final the following year due to his war service.

In 1946 he joined the St. George Dragons and as captain-coach, steered the club to a Grand final appearance in which they were defeated by the Balmain Tigers.[1]

He captain-coached Maher Cup side Cootamundra in 1947, and Camden's team in 1948 before finishing his career in 1949 with Newtown.

His son, Frank Narvo played for Newtown (1954-1960) and St. George Dragons (1952-1953).

Boxing career[edit]

Narvo was also a boxer of note, winning the Australian Heavyweight Championship in 1945. In only his 13th professional fight Narvo defeated Billy "Wocko" Britt in just 23 seconds to claim the Australian title.

He lost his boxing title to Jack Johnson in 1946 and captained St George in a club match the very next day.[2]

War service[edit]

He was in the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II. He was stationed at Richmond, New South Wales and served as a physical training, boxing and paratroop instructor.

Death[edit]

Herb Narvo, died at his home on 28 July 1958 after a long battle with cancer. He was 45. He had been in Royal Newcastle Hospital for several months during which he underwent several operations. [3]

He was buried at Sandgate Cemetery.

Accolades[edit]

In February 2008, Narvo was named in the list of Australia's 100 Greatest Players (1908–2007) which was commissioned by the NRL and ARL to celebrate the code's centenary year in Australia.[4][5]

Also in 2008, the centenary year of rugby league in Australia, Narvo was named in the Newtown Jets 18-man team of the century. He is also recognized the Newcastle Team of the Century in 2008.

Narvo,(back row far right) in the Newtown 1943 premiership team

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tigerish Grand Final in League". The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia). 1946-09-16. p. 10. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  2. ^ Walshaw, Nick (30 May 2008). "Enforcers being rubbed out of game". Daily Telegraph (Sydney). Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Canberra Times. "Death Of Herb. Narvo" 29 July 1958 (page 3)
  4. ^ Peter Cassidy (2008-02-23). "Controversy reigns as NRL releases top 100 players". Macquarie National News. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  5. ^ "Centenary of Rugby League - The Players". NRL & ARL. 2008-02-23. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 

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