NRL clubs unite to support ill former Kiwis captain Quentin Pongia as he battles cancer

NRL clubs Canberra and Manly have united in support of former New Zealand rugby league captain Quentin Pongia.

The rugged forward, who played for the Raiders, the Warriors, the Roosters and St George Illawarra between 1993 and 2003, is seriously ill.

Pongia was appointed as the Sea Eagles' wellbeing manager in 2017, but has been unable to work of late as he battles cancer.

The 48-year-old underwent surgery in November to remove a tumour from his bowel, leading the Raiders and Manly to raise funds for his family.

A number of signed jerseys and corporate packages are up for auction on until February 27.

Pongia played 137 games in the NRL, including the Raiders' last premiership in 1994.

Quentin Pongia in action during a 1998 NRL match between the Warriors and the Illawarra Steelers. Source: Photosport

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