Brendan Pongia remembers his brother Quentin

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Tuesday, 21 May 2019, 12:31PM
Quentin Pongia died last week. (Photo / Photosport)

Former basketball player Brendan Pongia says he is "wounded" after the death of his brother, Quentin. 

Quentin passed away last week after a battle with bowel cancer, which he had been fighting for several years. 

The relentless prop, who hailed from the West Coast, played 137 NRL games and 35 tests for the Kiwis during a 13-year career in which he forged a reputation as one of the game's most feared players.

Arriving in the NRL in 1993 as part of a star-studded Canberra Raiders outfit, he quickly made a name for himself with his style of play.

After making his debut with a star-studded Raiders side in 1993, he went on the win the premiership with the club a year later, before stints with the Warriors, Roosters, Dragons and Wigan.

Pongia returned home to New Zealand to join the Warriors in 1998, playing 18 matches before leaving to join the Tri-Colours the following season.

Speaking to Radio Sport Breakfast, Brendan says that the death of his brother has been very tough, but it has been "absolutely amazing" to see all the tributes that have flown in for him. 

"I knew he had an effect on a lot of people, but it spread far and wide globally, to England to France to Australia. It's humbling, absolutely humbling." 

He says that the 1994 NRL Grand Final, which the Raiders won, was one of Quentin's highlights of his career. 

Quentin also enjoyed being back at home in Greymouth and being back with his old friends. 

"We've all known him since he's been a kid, and we've all treated him the same way. Whether or not he's a Kiwi or an icon of rugby league, he's still Quentin Pongia, that little snotty nosed kid." 

Brendan says that Quentin got the clear for his cancer end of last year, but a scan earlier this year showed that it returned and progressed to other organs, such as his liver.