Former Wigan and New Zealand Test prop Quentin Pongia is battling cancer.
The 48-year-old has undergone surgery and has received a lot of support from the rugby league family.
“I’m in hospital at the moment recovering from a fairly lengthy operation to remove a tumour from my bowel,” Pongia told Wide World of Sports.
“I’m on the mend now and pray I can overcome this moving forward.”
Pongia was well-known to many Wigan fans before his arrival in 2003, thanks to his powerful performances for the Kiwis on the Test stage.
He played in a Grand Final and the following year’s Challenge Cup Final for the Warriors before hanging up his boots.
Pongia later worked as a personal trainer in the Wigan area before returning to Australia to work with Canberra Raiders, where he started his professional career.
He is now Manly’s welfare officer.