There was laughter in Quentin Pongia's last days, the league legend's brother says.

In the days before the 48-year-old's death, the man remembered by teammates and rivals as one of the toughest on the playing field watched old videos of himself playing rugby league in the 1990s, and laughed at more recent footage of his brother's Dancing with the Stars' moves.

The Kiwis' and NRL hard man succumbed to bowel cancer a week ago, and will be farewelled in Greymouth today.

Pongia's brother, former Tall Black and broadcaster Brendon Pongia, said his brother was at peace in his final weeks.