May 24, 2019
Last steps not backward for Quentin Pongia
A chance tomorrow for the world of rugby league and the West Coast to say farewell to former Kiwis’ captain Quentin Pongia, who died last weekend aged 48 of bowel cancer.
Pongia played 35 tests for New Zealand between 1992 and 2000.
The game took him from Canterbury and the NZ Māori side to the Canberra Raiders, the Warriors, the Sydney Roosters, French club Villeneuve and the Wigan Warriors, before moving to coaching roles.
Another Kiwis’ captain, Richie Barnett, says he taught his fellow players a great deal with his competitive edge and the way he would never give up.
"Quentin had a massive effect on people because he just wanted to dominate the opposition. That is something that has probably gone out of the game to some extent, but that is what he taught us. He was fearless and didn't take a backward step. Everything you would want from a player, he had everything in abundance," he says.
Quentin Pongia’s funeral is at noon tomorrow in Greymouth High School’s Coxon Hall.
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