Tributes from across the rugby league world have been pouring in for Papua New Guinea and Widnes centre Kato Ottio.
Ottio, 23, tragically passed away after being taken ill following a training session just days before he was due to fly to the UK to take up his new deal in Super League.
RIP Kato Ottio ☝️☝️☝️
— Kris Oneill (@kriso84) January 8, 2018
Devastating news about Kato Ottio, taken too young. Definitely hits home how precious life is. Thoughts are with all his family and friends, RIP.
— Tyrone McCarthy (@TykeMc) January 8, 2018
Tough day for anyone that knew Kato Ottio, it was hard not to have a smile when around him and I’m sure his still smiling down on us now.
— Sam Williams (@Williams_297) January 9, 2018
? Fred Smith, Alan McInnes, Hugh Duffy, Tommy Grainey, Gary Lloyd and Kato Ottio will all be remembered with a minutes applause on Sunday afternoon prior to kick-off against Swinton.
— Salford Red Devils (@SalfordDevils) January 9, 2018
Such sad news about @PNGKumulsRL #KatoOttio yesterday, a tragic loss, condolences, thoughts & prayers of the #RugbyLeagueFamily #rugbyleague to Kato’s family, friends & teammates & PNG ?? https://t.co/FxPy2plEA6 #RIPKato ??
— Greg Mulholland (@GregMulholland1) January 9, 2018