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Sport League legend Tommy Raudonikis dead at 70

03:06  07 april  2021
03:06  07 april  2021 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

Rugby league great Raudonikis dies, age 70

  Rugby league great Raudonikis dies, age 70 Rugby league great Tommy Raudonikis, who entered State of Origin folklore when he introduced the "cattle dog" call in 1997, has died age 70.One of the game's great characters, Raudonikis lost his long battle with cancer on Wednesday.

Rugby league great Tommy Raudonikis has died aged 70 . Rugby legend Tommy 'Terrific' Raudonikis dies aged 70 after battling health problems for decades - as fans pay tribute. By Kylie Stevens For Daily Mail Australia. Published: 00:31 BST, 7 April 2021 | Updated: 00:34 BST, 7 April 2021.

A league legend has signed up to an exclusive medical trial that could help cure cancer that has spread so close to his brain it is inoperable. Tommy Raudonikis , the Blues' first Origin captain, had hoped the worst of his cancer journey was over last year when doctors said they believed the last of his disease would disappear. But when it began to spread again, the rugby league star took drastic action in a desperate bid to make it to his 70 th birthday. He is now one of only three people in the world receiving weekly immunotherapy, delivered by a needle into his neck, in the experimental trial.

Rugby league great Tommy Raudonikis has died at age 70 after a long battle with cancer.

Tommy Raudonikis wearing glasses: Tommy Raudonikis in 2018. © Getty Tommy Raudonikis in 2018.

The former Western Suburbs, Newtown, NSW and Australia star was one of the game's most colourful characters. He was just days short of his 71st birthday.

His loss is being mourned by fellow players, his former clubs and the NRL.

Raudonikis captained NSW in 1980's inaugural State of Origin game and also went on to coach the Blues, giving birth to the infamous 'Cattledog' call; urging his players to start a fight with Queensland.

He played in an era where beer and cigarettes were considered an essential part of his footballing diet, yet starred in the game due to his incredible smarts and toughness. The little halfback was a ferocious competitor who embodied the 'Fibros' era of the Western Suburbs Magpies.

Tommy Raudonikis to be honoured at SCG memorial service

  Tommy Raudonikis to be honoured at SCG memorial service Rugby league great Tommy Raudonikis will be remembered at a memorial service at the SCG on Monday after his death last week.The former Australian halfback died on April 7 in a Gold Coast hospital after a long battle with cancer, six days short of his 71st birthday.

" Tommy Lasorda was one of the finest managers our game has ever known. He loved life as a Dodger. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest sympathy to his wife of 70 years, Jo, and their entire family Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda dead at 93. R.J. Anderson 3 min read.

'He conned the NRL': NSW Origin legend Tommy Raudonikis unleashes on Jarryd Hayne during an epic Footy Show rant after the star's Gold Coast Titans coach was sacked because of their 'toxic' relationship. New South Wales Origin legend Tommy Raudonikis has unleashed on Jarryd Hayne accusing the cross-sport star of 'conning' rugby league . Appearing on The Footy Show on Thursday night, the Blues great eviscerated Hayne for his role in the sacking of Gold Coast Titans coach Neil Henry.

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Raudonikis was a Kangaroos regular and won the Rothman's Medal in the 1972 NSW Rugby League season while playing with his beloved Magpies. He was named in the Western Suburbs team of the century in 2004.

A first grade premiership eluded him. He played in the 1981 grand final, captaining Newtown against Parramatta, but the Jets were beaten 20-11 at the SCG.

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