Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) Chairman Peter V'landys AM today paid tribute to one of the game's most iconic figures, Arthur Summons.
Summons, one of the game's Gladiators and a Member of the NRL Hall of Fame, passed away last night.
"Arthur epitomised everything that rugby league stands for - he was a talented player, a fierce competitor, a wonderful character and extremely popular with everyone," Mr V'landys said.
"His importance to the game continued - and was immortalised - after his retirement as a player when he became the face of our Premiership, along with Norm Provan, and he embraced the responsibility which came with that. Arthur's memory and legacy will live on in bronze for all of us to celebrate.
"This is a sad day for Rugby League, but it's also an opportunity for us to celebrate what makes Arthur Summons such a wonderful part of our history.
"Arthur was famously relatively small in stature, but he was still an absolute giant of our game. He will be greatly missed.
"On behalf of the game, I'd like to extend our deepest condolences to Arthur's family, friends, and to Norm as well."