|Full name||Hermann Olaf Narvo (Nawo)|
|Born||19 August 1912|
Ultimo, New South Wales, Australia
|Died||28 July 1958 (aged 45)|
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Hermann Olaf Narvo 'Herb' Narvo (19 August 1912 – 28 July 1958) was an Australian rugby league footballer and boxer of the 1930s and 1940s. He was a national representative rugby league player and national heavyweight boxing champion. He has since been named amongst the nation's finest footballers and sportsman of the 20th century.
Rugby league career
Born in Sydney of German descent, 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. He is listed on the Australian Players Register as Kangaroo No. 218.
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.
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.
Narvo was hospitalized in 1958 at Royal Newcastle Hospital for several months during which he underwent several operations due to cancer. He died at his home on 28 July 1958, 22 days short of his 46th birthday.
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.
- ARL Annual Report 2005, page 53
- "Tigerish Grand Final in League". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australia. 16 September 1946. p. 10. Retrieved 19 November 2009.
- Walshaw, Nick (30 May 2008). "Enforcers being rubbed out of game". Daily Telegraph (Sydney). Retrieved 28 November 2012.
- Canberra Times. "Death Of Herb. Narvo" 29 July 1958 (page 3)
- Peter Cassidy (23 February 2008). "Controversy reigns as NRL releases top 100 players". Macquarie National News. Archived from the original on 25 February 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2008.
- "Centenary of Rugby League - The Players". NRL & ARL. 23 February 2008. Archived from the original on 26 February 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2008.