Rugby League community in shock at sudden death of Benkato Ottio

The rugby league community is mourning the sudden passing of Papua New Guinea international Katto Ottio at the age of 23.

Papua New Guinea Rugby League released a statement saying that Ottio passed away earlier today in hospital with information to be released shortly about the cause.

It was believed that Benkato “Kato” Ottio was preparing for the 2018 Super League season back in Port Moresby and was set to fly out shortly to his new club, Widnes Vikings.

A highly talented player, Ottio couldn’t quite break it into the Canberra Raiders side in the two seasons he was at the club.  He was the NSWRL’s leading tryscorer in 2016 and part of their team of the year.

It was only at the weekend we rated Ottio highly in our NRL Imports that will make an impact in this year’s Super League.

The tributes have flooded in for six-time PNG International.

Our thoughts are with the the family of Kato Ottio and the PNG rugby league community at this sad time.


Born: Sunday 20th March 1994 (Tatana Island, PNG)
Death: Tuesday 9th January 2018 (Port Moresby, PNG)


2/5/2015 vs Fiji
7/5/2016 vs Fiji (1 try)
28/10/2017 RLWC vs Wales (1 try)
5/11/2017 RLWC vs Ireland
12/11/2017 RLWC vs USA
19/11/2017 RLWC Quarter Final vs England


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