Va'aiga Tuigamala

Tributes have streamed in for All Blacks and Samoa great Va’aiga Tuigamala, who died on Thursday, 24 February. Photo: Getty Images

RIP: Tributes pour in for ‘Inga the winger’ Tuigamala

Tributes have streamed in for All Blacks and Samoa great Va’aiga Tuigamala, who died on Thursday, 24 February.

Va'aiga Tuigamala

Tributes have streamed in for All Blacks and Samoa great Va’aiga Tuigamala, who died on Thursday, 24 February. Photo: Getty Images

Tributes have streamed in for All Blacks and Samoa great Va’aiga Tuigamala, who died on Thursday, 24 February.

He was 52.

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Known affectionately as “Inga the winger”, Tuigamala represented both New Zealand and Samoa in rugby union, as well as Samoa in rugby league in an international career which spanned from 1989 to 2001. 

He was capped 19 times for the All Blacks and played at the 1991 Rugby World Cup. He also earned 23 Samoa Test caps and two for the South Sea island in rugby league.

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Tuigamala also represented Wigan in league and Wasps, Newcastle and Auckland in the 15-man code. 

His £1 million deal to join Newcastle in 1997 was a record in the sport at the time.

Sister of Inga Tuigamala died in January

His death comes a matter of weeks after his younger sister, pastor Helen Verry, died on 30 January after being injured at a church in West Auckland.

She was the youngest of 15 siblings.

The reported workplace accident is being investigated.

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