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Arthur Summons

Five-eighth, Halfback

Player Bio

Date of Birth:
13 December 1935
Paddington, NSW
Debut Team:
Western Suburbs Magpies
07 May 1960
North Sydney
Pratten Park, Ashfield
City, Country, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Western Suburbs Magpies, Wagga Magpies



  • Grand Final Appearances: 1961-63
  • Kangaroo Tour captain: 1963-64
  • Australian captain: 5 Tests
  • NSWRL Player of the Year: 1963


First Class Games


Arthur Summons has an incredible record as Australia's Test captain, winning five out of five, against Great Britain, New Zealand, France and South Africa. Summons played Test rugby union in 1958 and 1959, before signing with Western Suburbs for the 1960 league season.

He played only seven top-grade games in his first season in his new code but the following year played for NSW and Australia and was in the Wests team beaten by St George in the grand final.

The Magpies also made the next two grand finals but went down to Saints 9–6 in 1962 and 8–3, with Summons the captain, in 1963.

His muddy post-game embrace with rival skipper Norm Provan was captured by The Sun-Herald photographer John O'Gready in the classic image, ''The Gladiators''.

Summons played in the three Ashes Tests in 1962, as five-eighth in the first and halfback in the second and third.

He was also captain for the third Test, Australia's only win of the series, which came after the new skipper inspired his team with a stirring speech in the dressing room and then added to that with a magnificent display of wonderful football skills, capping his effort with a length of the field try.

Summons was named captain-coach of the Kangaroo team which toured England and France in 1963–64, but missed the Tests in England because of injury.

“He was a gutsy, intelligent and quick-footed player, beautifully equipped to steer his team around the park.”

Ian Heads A Centenary of Rugby League

64. Arthur Summons - Hall of Fame

Career Stats

Club Career

Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Western Suburbs Magpies Premiership 1960 1964 56 11 - - 33
Western Suburbs Magpies Official Pre-Season 1962 1964 11 2 - - 6
Wagga Magpies 1964 1967 - - - - -

Representative Career

City - Country

City - Country
Team Name Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
City Seconds Country Seconds 1961 1961 1 - - - -
City Firsts Country Firsts 1962 1963 2 - - - -
Country Firsts City Firsts 1965 1965 1 - - - -
Sydney Touring Sides 1962 1962 1 - - - -


Team Name Competition Opponent Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
New South Wales Interstate Series Queensland 1961 1963 5 - - - -
New South Wales Touring Sides 1962 1963 2 - - - -


Team Name Competition Year Start Year End Played Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Australia Tests 1961 1964 9 4 - - 12
Australia Tour Matches 1961 1964 18 4 - - 12

Hall of Fame Members

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