Former Penrith Panthers and Wests Tigers player Masada Iosefa has tragically died following a quad bike accident in the Northern Territory.
Iosefa, who represented Samoa in four Tests from 2009-13, would have turned 33 today (January 26) but suffered fatal injuries in the crash near Darwin on Monday night.
NT Police said initial investigations indicate a man on a quad bike had failed to negotiate a bend on McKinley Rd, Herbert, around 9pm on Monday before colliding with a guard rail and rolling the bike.
The Samoan-born hooker made his NRL debut for the Panthers in 2008, aged 20, and played 43 matches for the club before switching to the Wests Tigers in 2012 – making a further 14 NRL appearances.
In recent years he played in the Queensland State Cup for the Capras and appeared for the Rockhampton Brothers Rugby Club in 2020, winning a premiership.
Iosefa is being mourned by family and teammates at Rockhampton, where he was set to be captain for the 2021 season.
Everyone at Serious About Rugby League sends their condolences to Iosefa’s family and friends at this difficult time.