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.
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.
Wests Tigers are deeply saddened by the passing of former player Masada Iosefa.
The thoughts of all at the club are with Masada’s family, friends and former teammates at this time.#WT153
— Wests Tigers (@WestsTigers) January 26, 2021
Ia manuia lau malaga Masada Iosefa. Fly high uso 💙 pic.twitter.com/0Xj33Gaoks
— Toa Samoa (@RLSamoa) January 26, 2021
— Wests Magpies (@westsmagpies) January 26, 2021
Absolutely terrible news. So sad 😢😢😢
— RK69 (@RobKeb1969) January 26, 2021
Sad to hear of the passing and tragic death of former Panther Masada Iosefa.
Was killed in a quad bike accident on the Northern Rd.
Rest In Peace mate.
— David Crellin (@dave_crellin) January 26, 2021
Tragic news. Former Panthers, West Tigers hooker and Samoan International Masada Iosefa has died following a quad bike accident. The talented hooker passed away hours before his 33rd Birthday.
He was set to captain Emu Park this season in Rockhampton #NRL
— Alexia Pesce (@alexiapesce) January 26, 2021
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.
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