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Hunters players in shock; training suspended

Tributes Pour In For Ex Raider Kato Ottio Dead At 23 Funeral Service for late Kumul Ottio on Friday
Faye Gross | 10 January, 2018, 00:54

Ottio signed for Widnes at the end of a year ago from Australian team Canberra Raiders.

He made his debut for the PNG Kumuls in 2015 during the Pacific Test as Kumul number 269 playing in nearly every Kumuls match since then.

According to reports Ottio was training in Papua New Guinea with the PNG Hunters when he reportedly collapsed and was taken to Port Moresby Hospital where he later died.

The Papua New Guinea worldwide had only signed for Widnes in December from Canberra, where he was a regular in their feeder team.

Ottio was an ever-present in the World Cup as the Kumuls topped their group before losing to England in the quarter-finals.

"But Kato told a few of the players "let's run back" - he wanted to use the professionalism he gained from his time at Canberra to rub off on his younger countrymen".

"We are devastated to learn that Kato Ottio has passed away this afternoon", Rule said in a statement.

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Betts said: "It's a game to blow the cobwebs off some players who perhaps haven't played very much in the past four months".

"Wasn't a day he wasn't smiling, gone way too soon", Austin wrote.

'It's hard to believe because we had just got bedding and other things like crockery today for the place where he and Wellington were going to live.

Whitehaven will face a Widnes club in mourning when they open their pre-season programme on Friday night.

'To get this news is devastating, and our thoughts are with his family'.

"He was a very respectful young man who appreciated everything we were doing for him here in adjusting to life in Canberra and learning his trade in becoming a professional football player".

Although he spent the 2016 season with the Raiders' feeder team, the Mount Pritchard Mounties, in the New South Wales Cup, Ottio's class shone through.

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