Peter Provan

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Peter Provan
Personal information
Full name Peter Sommerville Provan
Born 1936
Sydney, New South Wales
Died 13 May 2010
Cronulla, New South Wales
Playing information
Position Lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1956–60 St. George 18 2 0 0 6
1961–69 Balmain 155 12 0 0 36
Total 173 14 0 0 42
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1963 Australia 1 0 0 0 0

Peter Provan (1936 – 13 May 2010) was an Australian professional rugby league footballer for St. George Dragons, Balmain Tigers and Australia.


He primarily played at Lock. Provan and his older brother, Norm Provan, are the only pair of brothers to lead grand-final winning teams on victory laps of the Sydney Cricket Ground;[1] Peter Provan with Balmain and Norm Provan with St. George.

Provan began his first-grade career at St. George in 1956 and was a member of two grand-final winning sides in 1958 and 1959.

Provan signed with Balmain in 1960 where he appeared in three grand finals during his nine-seasons with the club. He captained the team to one grand-final win, in 1969, against South Sydney and retired at the end of the season.

Selected for one Test, Provan played against New Zealand in Sydney in 1963.[2] He is listed on the Australian Players Register as Kangaroo No.380.[3]

As part of the Australian Centenary of Rugby League celebrations in April 2008, Peter Provan and John Sattler, captains of the 1969 grand final teams, carried the ball onto the Sydney Cricket Ground before the Wests Tigers and South Sydney match as the last leg of a ball-relay from Birchgrove Oval to the SCG.[4]

After a long illness, Provan died in Sydney on 13 May 2010.

At the time of his death Balmain Tigers Chairman David Trodden released the following statement: "The Tigers have lost one of the most famous and most respected figures in the history of our club. He led us to perhaps our greatest Grand Final win ever. For that reason alone, he will always have a very special place in our memory".



  1. ^ Brad Forrest (12 February 2008). "Immortal designate: Raper pushes for Provan ahead of Andrew Johns". St George and Sutherland Shire Leader. Retrieved 2008-04-20. [dead link]
  2. ^ Canberra Times "Ready To Battle the Kiwis." Article and Photo 08/06/1963 (page 40)
  3. ^ ARL Annual Report 2005, page 54
  4. ^ Ray Chesterton (19 April 2008). "Satts in jaw-dropping switch". The Herald Sun. Retrieved 2008-04-20. 

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