New Zealand international Quentin Pongia has been remembered as «a true champion with a heart of gold» after he died after a battle with bowel cancer.
Pongia died in New Zealand on Saturday morning.
He forged a legacy as one of rugby league’s toughest enforcers and helped the Canberra Raiders to their last premiership in 1994.
«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,» Pongia’s former teammate and current 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.