Dual international Summons passes away, aged 84

by RUGBY.com.au staff

Dual international Arthur Summons has passed away, aged 84.

While Summons' rugby league exploits are more well-known in the sporting community, with the New South Welshman immortalised in the iconic "Gladiators" photo that is featured in the NRL Premiership trophy, the flyhalf had a long history in rugby union as well.

Social media was flooded with tributes for Summons on Sunday as news of his passing emerged.

Summons played league and union growing up, starring in rugby at Homebush Boys' High and playing for Sydney club Gordon.

He played his first representative match for NSW against Queensland in 1956 and also faced off against the Springboks that same year.

In 1957, Summons featured in Australia's tour of Britain and France, making his Test debut against Wales at just 22 and going on to play four of the five Tests on that tour.

Summons was the starting flyhalf for the Wallabies in the 1958 season and he added four more Tests to his name that year including his only Test victory, a 6-3 win at Lancaster Park in Christchurch.

He played his final two Tests in 1959 against the British Lions before making the switch to rugby league. 

Summons became the 28th dual international when he played for the Kangaroos for the first time in 1961 and he ultimately played nine rugby league Tests.

The Paddington-born half passed away peacefully at his home in Wagga Wagga after an extended battle with cancer.