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VALE Tommy Raudonikis (1950 – 2021)

Rugby league legend Tommy Raudonikis has passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Raudonikis died on Wednesday morning aged 70, having led one of the most colourful lives the game has seen.

The former Western Suburbs and Newtown halfback represented Australia in 29 Tests and World Cup matches, and NSW on 24 occasions.

Raudonikis also had the honour of being inductee No.75 in the NRL Hall of Fame.

His last appearance for the Blues saw him lead them in the inaugural State of Origin match in 1980, but he is arguably best remembered for the ‘cattle dog’ cry he coined as NSW coach in 1997.

Playing Career:
Club:
Western Suburbs : 1969 – 1979 : 201 Games (30 Tries, 90 Points)
Newtown : 1980 – 1982 : 37 Games (4 Tries, 16 Points)
Brisbane Brothers : 1983 : 9 Games (0 Tries, 0 Points)

Representative:
NSW City Seconds : 1971 – 1977 : 2 Games (1 Try, 3 Points)
NSW City Firsts : 1972 – 1980 : 8 Games (4 Tries, 12 Points)
New South Wales – Origin : 1980 (1 Try, 3 Points)
New South Wales – Interstate Games : 1971 – 1980 : 21 Games (9 Tries, 27 Points)
New South Wales – Tour Games : 1974 – 1977 : 2 Games (1 Try, 3 Points)

Australia – Tests : 1971 – 1980 : 29 Tests (5 Tries, 15 Points)
Australia – Tour Matches : 1971 – 1980 : 31 Games (13 Tries, 39 Points)