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Rugby, Australian Football: Pongia joins Vikings

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posted on Jan, 13 2005 @ 10:54 AM
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Former New Zealand Test captain Quentin Pongia, who was forced to end his playing career after revealing he is a Hepatitis B sufferer, is back in rugby league after joining the backroom staff at Widnes Vikings. The 34-year-old prop forward, whose last match was for Wigan in last May's Powergen Challenge Cup final, is rejoining his old Kiwi boss Frank Endacott at the Halton Stadium, where he will be assistant conditioner.

"Quentin is a real tough guy with masses of experience and he will be a huge influence on the young players in our squad," said Vikings head coach Endacott.

"He is superb in the gym and won't let anyone slack when it comes to putting in the hard work.

"We've informed the team today that he will be joining us and everyone is really excited about the prospect of working with him."

Sportinglife




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