& # 39; Blood, sweat and respect & # 39 ;: Emotional moment footy legend Quentin Pongia gets a stirring haka at his funeral after he died of cancer from just 48
- Quentin Pongia & # 39; s funeral saw an outpouring of emotion in the form of a haka
- Former teammates and friends said he & # 39; a great player and a great man & # 39; used to be
- A fundraiser for his health will now be attributed to the future of his daughter
Friends, former teammates and family performed an emotional haka at the funeral of Rugby League legend Quentin Pongia after tragically dying of just 48 years of cancer.
The funeral of the New Zealand player – known as & # 39; Q & # 39; – was held on Saturday in Greymouth, north-west of Christchurch, after he died last week.
The deceased player was known as heavy and talented, and he had a successful career in the NRL for Auckland Warriors and the Canberra Raiders, where he won a premiership in 1994.
The funeral of legendary New Zealand player Quentin Pongia, also known as Q, was held on Saturday in Greymouth, north-west of Christchurch after he unfortunately died last week
Many expressed respect for Pongia at the service, including former teammate Ruben Wiki.
& # 39; Three words summarize Q – blood, sweat and respect. The first two you give and the last two you earn … and that is Q, & # 39; Wiki said stuff.
Former Kiwis trainer Frank Endacott also spoke during the funeral and said his talent was instantly recognizable.
& # 39; Pongia became both a great player and a great man & # 39 ;, Endacott said.
The wife of the deceased player told how his two-year-old daughter Maia was a point of pride in their lives when they struggled to have a child.
& # 39; (Quentin) was to become a father, which was one of his dreams, & # 39; she said.
Sir Peter Leitch, a good friend of Ponga, organized a fundraiser for his medical treatment on 7 June before he died.
Sir Peter said he will still keep the fundraiser, but dedicating funds to raise Pongia's two-year-old daughter, Maia.
Friends, former teammates and family gave an emotional haka during the funeral of Quentin Pongia after he died tragically of cancer at the age of 48
Others paid tribute to his ability to help people even in his final days, as he saw comforting victims of the Christchurch shooting, even when his health deteriorated.
After his death, Rugby League CEO Greg Peters said he & # 39;a great Kiwi and a great man & # 39 ;.
& # 39; No more pain now, brother, just memories of how tough you were on and off the field as a player & # 39 ;, New Zealand Warriors player Issac Luke reported on Twitter.
Pongia had a successful career game for the Auckland Warriors, Wigan Warriors and the Canberra Raiders, where he won a premiership in 1994
. (TagsToTranslate) Dailymail (t) news (t) new zealand (t) NRL