Kato Ottio: Widnes Vikings & Papua New Guinea centre, 23, dies

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Kato Ottio (in yellow) performed in opposition to England on the 2017 Rugby League International Cup

Widnes Vikings centre Kato Ottio has died on the age of 23 after struggling “a unexpected well being factor” in coaching.

Ottio joined Widnes from Canberra in December and was once a part of the Papua New Guinea facet which misplaced to England in November’s International Cup quarter-finals.

He was once because of go back and forth to the United Kingdom subsequent week in preparation for the beginning of the Tremendous League season in February.

“Kato was once a shockingly gifted participant, with a shiny long term forward of him,” leader government James Rule mentioned.