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Supporting Quentin Pongia in his battle

Rugby league ambassador Sir Peter Leitch is inviting the game’s fans and the sporting public at large to support a gala luncheon to support the legendary Quentin Pongia in his battle with cancer.

The 48-year-old former Kiwi captain and renowned hard man will be surrounded by former team-mates and other celebrities when they gather for the event at the Ellerslie Event Centre on Friday, June 7, the day before the Vodafone Warriors’ NRL clash against Melbourne at Mount Smart Stadium.

Pongia played 18 times for the Vodafone Warriors in 1998, making a total of 137 appearances in an NRL career which included stints with Canberra, the Sydney Roosters and St George Illawarra. He was also with Wigan in the Super League in 2003 and 2004. He represented New Zealand in 35 Tests from 1992-2000.

Sir Peter said all proceeds from the event would go into the Quentin Pongia Trust.

“Quentin is one of the greats and has been in a real struggle with cancer,” said Sir Peter.

“This is a chance for the game of rugby league and people generally to really come out and support Quentin and his family. We want to do all we can to help.”  

Jerry Seuseu, one of Pongia’s former Vodafone Warriors team-mates, will MC the lunch which will feature interviews with other team-mates and Kiwi legends Ruben Wiki, Stacey Jones and Stephen Kearney. There’ll also be a special auction.

Doors open at 12.00pm on June 7. Tickets cost $200.00 each covering a scrumptious buffet meal, beer, wine and soft drinks until 2.30pm.

To buy tickets email or phone 09-522-3805.

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