Kato Ottio rejected Dragons deal so he could join PNG in RLWC

SUCH was Kato Ottio’s love for his country and Papua New Guinea’s national rugby league side, the rising 23-year-old NRL star knocked back a contract with St George Illawarra to play in last year’s Rugby League World Cup.

Ottio’s brother, Ahulo Ottio Jnr, revealed details of the Dragons offer to his younger brother while delivering the eulogy at Ottio’s funeral on Friday.

The Kumuls star died of heatstroke on Monday after collapsing during an 8km run at a training session with Queensland Cup side the PNG Hunters.

Kato Ottio's mother, Joyce, is comforted at the funeral as she hugs the casket.
Kato Ottio’s mother, Joyce, is comforted at the funeral as she hugs the casket.Source: Supplied

About 2000 mourners packed Port Moresby’s Sir John Guise Indoor Complex to farewell Ottio and hear Ahulo honour his brother.