Vikings snap up Pongia's

Former New Zealand Test captain Quentin Pongia has joined the coaching staff at Super League side Widnes.

The 34-year-old prop forward was forced to end his playing career after revealing he is a Hepatitis B sufferer.

By becoming assistant conditioner at Widnes, Pongia links up again with his old Kiwi boss Frank Endacott.

"Quentin is a real tough guy with masses of experience and he will be a huge influence on the young players," said Vikings head coach Endacott.

"He is superb in the gym and won't let anyone slack when it comes to putting in the hard work.

"We've informed the team today that he will be joining us and everyone is really excited about the prospect of working with him."

Pongia, who played the bulk of his career with Sydney Roosters and Canberra Raiders, will work mainly with the club's forwards in the build-up to Super League X.

His arrival at the Halton Stadium increases the Wigan link with the Vikings, who have signed Warriors old boys Gary Connolly, Terry O'Connor, Mick Cassidy and Mark Smith.