Former Wigan prop Pongia passes away aged 48

Former Wigan and New Zealand prop Quentin Pongia has died following a battle with cancer.

The 48-year-old played for Wigan in 2003 and 2004 and also played for Canberra, Auckland, St George and Sydney Roosters in Australia, while also captaining New Zealand.

He underwent surgery last November to remove a tumour in his bowel.

NZRL chief executive Greg Peters said: “It’s just finally, unfortunately taken him.”

Former team-mates and coaches have paid tribute on social media, including Canberra coach Ricky Stuart, who described him as the “toughest player I ever played with.”

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