Vale Tommy Raudonikis
One of the most beloved figures in Aussie rugby league, Tommy Raudonikis died yesterday at 70yo from cancer. A 238 game veteran for the Western Suburb Magpies and the Newtown Jets, Raudonikis captained NSW for the inaugural State of Origin match in 1980. And he played 60 games representing Oz. After his playing career, it was his coaching stints that cemented him in rugby league folklore. “Tommy was one of a kind. There will never be another Tommy Raudonikis,” Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V’landys said in a statement yesterday.
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