Jason Pakoasongi

Vanuatu rugby league star dies

He was just 40-years-old.

Pakoasongi played in all of Vanuatu's first five Test matches and last played for them against Solomon Islands in 2016.

The centre scored three tries for his country and was a mainstay for the Port Vila Fire Ants representative team and the Port Vila Powerhouse club.

Pakoasongi leaves behind a wife and four children.


Vanuatu Rugby League rallies behind star

The lawyer is the elder statesman of the team, having played in the first ever Vanuatu rugby league team at the International 9's in Sydney in 2012.

He made his Test debut in Vanuatu's first 13-a-side international against Greece later that year and is the only player to feature in all five of Vanuatu's test matches.

He is also the country's record test try-scorer and captained the South-Sea Islander Vanuatu Invitational team in 2013.