Wellington Rugby is today mourning the loss of former Wellington Pride and Black Ferns player, Ponisitia Paasi (known as Tia). Tia sadly passed away on Saturday, from illness, aged 48.
An uncompromising loosehead prop, Paasi represented the Wellington Pride in over 50 appearances spanning 10 seasons in the Wellington jersey. Paasi made her debut for the Black Ferns (player number 102) in 2001 against England in Rotorua and again wore the silver fern in 2007, for a total of four tests for her country.
Paasi was a permanent fixture on the Women’s club rugby scene in Wellington for an astonishing 21 seasons. She was a stalwart of the Johnsonville club for over 10 seasons, but also had stints with Poneke, Petone, Wainuiomata and Marist St Pats in a decorated club career.
Tia’s funeral service will be held on Tuesday 6 March, 10am at St. Patricks Church, 3 Childers Terrace, Kilbirnie.