Infotainment Factory: Former NRL star Pongia dies aged 48

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Friday, 17 May 2019

Former NRL star Pongia dies aged 48


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Former New Zealand captain Quentin Pongia has passed away after a long battle with cancer, at the age of 48.

Pongia was a member of Canberra’s 1994 premiership winning side, and played 137 matches during his top grade career, representing the Raiders, Warriors, Roosters and Dragons.

He underwent surgery in November to remove a tumor from his bowel.

“From my personal relationship, and behalf of the current playing group, I'd like to pass on my sincere condolences to Quentin's family in this tough time,” Raiders coach Ricky Stuart said.

“Like a number of players who played with him, I have nothing but respect and a wonderful friendship with Quentin and although it saddens me to hear of the news, it comforts me to know he has no pain now. 

“Quentin is the toughest individual I have ever played with and I know how hard he fought to beat this terrible disease. He will be sorely missed right across the rugby league community.”

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Former New Zealand captain Quentin Pongia has passed away after a long battle with cancer, at the age of 48.

Pongia was a member of Canberra’s 1994 premiership winning side, and played 137 matches during his top grade career, representing the Raiders, Warriors, Roosters and Dragons.

He underwent surgery in November to remove a tumor from his bowel.

“From my personal relationship, and behalf of the current playing group, I'd like to pass on my sincere condolences to Quentin's family in this tough time,” Raiders coach Ricky Stuart said.

“Like a number of players who played with him, I have nothing but respect and a wonderful friendship with Quentin and although it saddens me to hear of the news, it comforts me to know he has no pain now. 

“Quentin is the toughest individual I have ever played with and I know how hard he fought to beat this terrible disease. He will be sorely missed right across the rugby league community.”

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