Former dual code rugby legend of Wigan Warriors and Newcastle Falcons Va’aiga Tuigamala, known as Inga the Winger, has passed away at the age of 52.
Tuigamala made 102 appearance for the Wigan between 1993 to 1997, before signing for the Falcons for a record fee of £1 million.
He went on to make 113 appearances up to 2002, and featured in the Premiership-winning side of 1998.
The giant winger also represented New Zealand and Samoa at international level with a combined 43 caps.
Wigan Warriors Statement
A statement was made by former club Wigan Warriors that said: “This morning, Wigan Warriors are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic news that former player Va’aiga (Inga) Tuigamala has passed away. Wigan Warriors send their deepest condolences to the family and friends at this awful time.”
They also shared their intention to hold a minutes silence in the memory of Tuigamala before tonight’s game.
The sympathetic messages rained in echoed by former team mates fellow dual-code England star Jason Robinson said: “Absolutely heartbroken! I owe so much to this amazing man! Literally helped change my life when he came to @WiganWarriorsRL from NZ. Sending all my love and condolences to the family at such a sad time. RIP brother”.
And Ex-Samoa international Apollo Perelini said: “Saddest news to hear. We started primary school together and took our rugby journey to the UK. RiL my dearest brother Inga (the winger) Tuigamala”.
It is safe to say Va’aiga Tuigamala has left a lasting impression on all that he met both on and off the rugby field, all at Overtime Heroics would like to offer their condolences to the family and friends of Tuigamala at this difficult time.
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