'Fly high': Former NRL player dies in tragic quadbike accident

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·2-min read
Masada Iosefa (pictured) receiving the ball for the Tigers.
Masada Iosefa (pictured) has died after a tragic quadbiking accident. (Getty Images)

Tributes are flowing in for former NRL hooker Masada Iosefa who died in a tragic quadbiking accident in the Northern Territory, one night short of his 33rd birthday.

The NRL community is paying its respect to the former NRL hooker after the ex-Penrith and Wests Tigers star was killed in Herbert, a rural town near Darwin, on Monday.

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NT Police said the quadbike rolled after the 32-year-old failed to negotiate a bend before colliding with a guard rail.

He was not wearing a helmet.

Iosefa was due to celebrate his 33rd birthday on Tuesday.

Former NRL star Masada Iosefa runs with the ball during the round 19 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Penrith Panthers in 2008 at the Gold Coast, Australia
Former NRL star Masada Iosefa runs with the ball during the round 19 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Penrith Panthers in 2008 at the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Tributes flow for Masada Iosefa

Former Panthers teammate Frank Pritchard described Iosefa as 'tough as nails' in a tribute posted on social media.

A former Panthers teammate, Luke Lewis, commented claiming he was ‘saddened to hear the news’.

"Condolences to his family. Saddened to hear the news this morning. May he Rest In Peace,” Lewis wrote.

Cronulla prop Aaron Woods played with him at the Wests Tigers in 2012 and 2013, saying he was a 'legend' and 'one of the most solid blokes' he has played with.

Iosefa played 57 NRL games since making his debut with the Panthers in 2008 as well as four Tests for Samoa from 2009 until 2013.

In recent years he played in the Queensland state cup, winning a premiership with rugby club Rockhampton Brothers in 2020.

with AAP

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