Former NZ rugby league captain Quentin Pongia, 48, dies after cancer

Former NZ rugby league captain Quentin Pongia, 48, dies after cancer

The Rugby League world is in mourning for news, the former New Zealand captain Quentin Pongia is dead at age 48, after a fight with cancer.

The robust forward that played for Raiders, Warriors, Roosters and St George Illawarra between 1993 and 2003 was reported as seriously ill in 2018.

Pongia was named Manly Sea Eagles wellness manager in 2017, but was unable to work when he fought for cancer.

The 48-year-old went through the surgery in November to remove a tumor from his gut and was hoping to make a recovery.

New Zealand Rugby League CEO Greg Peters confirmed Saturday that he was dead.

"He's had cancer at a time most people would know, and it's just finally, unfortunately, taken him," Peters said.

News about Pongia's death has hit rugby league world hard. Pic: Getty

"He was an icon of the game, a big blocker and a fearless player. He had a great identity in the game during his game career and it's just really tragic to see cancer taking another big man too early."

News of the popular former star's death hit rugby league fans hard, with tribute flooding social media to the Kiwi legend.

Pongia played 137 games in the NRL, including the Raider's last prize ship in 1994.

With agencies

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