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Sport Raudonikis' spirit lives on in modern game

09:15  07 april  2021
09:15  07 april  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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Raudonikis ' hatred of those who played for Queensland was typified by the famous 'cattledog' call he brought in when coaching NSW in State of Origin, a signal among the NSW forwards to start an all-in fight in a scrum early in the game in order to disrupt an opposition’s dominance. He wasn't politically correct, he wasn't polished, but he was a friend to millionaires and average joes alike. 'Now I can hear the lily whites wailing, "Tommy will bring in the biff and that's not what the game needs," he said when appointed coach of his beloved Magpies. 'To those people, I say "Go to hell".

Raudonikis plays for Newtown in the 1982 premiership match: ‘What he lacked in stature he more than made up for in smarts and courage.’ Photograph: Fairfax Media/Getty Images. In 1969 he moved to Sydney and played the first of 201 games with Western Suburbs in the Sydney first division. “There will never be another Tommy Raudonikis . “Tommy was everything that makes rugby league the greatest game of all. He grew up in a migrant camp in Cowra and went on to become NSW’s first Origin captain. “As a player there were none tougher. He was a brilliant halfback – what he lacked in stature

Tommy Raudonikis was the ultimate personification of a bygone rugby league era, but his blood continues to beat through the heart of the sport today.

Brett Hodgson et al. looking at a cell phone: Rugby league is mourning the death of Tommy Raudonikis (right), one of the game's true characters. © Johnathan Ng/AAP PHOTOS Rugby league is mourning the death of Tommy Raudonikis (right), one of the game's true characters.

Raudonikis' death at age 70 from cancer on Wednesday saddened the sport, with Wayne Bennett declaring "they don't make them like Tommy anymore".

Known for his "cattle dog" catchcry that brought passion back to State of Origin during the Super League war, Raudonikis was rugby league's greatest character.

So much so that Bennett on Wednesday joked that heaven wouldn't be ready for him to take the No.7 jersey.

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Tommy Raudonikis , the Western Suburbs icon who both played for Australia and coached NSW, has died. He was 70. One of rugby league’s great characters, Raudonikis was plagued with bad health for the best part of three decades, battling through cancer in his testicles, neck and throat, a quadruple bypass “Tommy will always be remembered as a true legend and unequivocally crucial part of the fabric of Western Suburbs and, in turn, Wests Tigers, and his legacy in the game will certainly live on in the DNA of our club.” Wests Tigers will recognise and celebrate Tommy Raudonikis ’ impact on the

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"I don't know if they'll be ready for Tommy (in heaven), but they'll have to handle him," Bennett joked.

Word of Raudonikis' ill health had spread around rugby league circles earlier this week, with Bennett among those to tell a tale of his career over a beer this week.

The pair had their first tours together for Australia in 1971, with Bennett a 21-year-old policeman and Raudonikis already one of the game's great characters.

But on the field Bennett saw the passion of NSW's maiden State of Origin captain firsthand.

He described him as "as tough as they come", with his style as a halfback in the 1970s still having influences over the game in 2021.

"He was a remarkable guy and everyone who played with him loved him," Bennett said.

"Because he was what the game was about. He put his body on the line and didn't let anyone down."

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Tommy Raudonikis OAM (born 13 April 1950) is an Australian former rugby league player and coach. He played as a halfback. He played for the Western Suburbs Magpies between 1969 and 1979, and the Newtown Jets for two seasons from 1980 to 1982.

This guy is great, have seen him speak a few times, funniest man i have ever heard, and so passionate, and tough.

Bennett also coached against him in 1998, and this week told the story of the Queensland team following NSW from nightclub to nightclub after Raudonikis had told his players not to socialise with the Maroons.


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"It sent him around the twist," Bennett said.

For a proud NSW man, Raudonikis had several links to Queensland.

He coached in the state after his playing days, and brought Alfie Langer and Brisbane's current coach Kevin Walters through the grades.

"He had a big influence on my career early as a player," Walters said on Wednesday.

"One of my fondest memories was the day he knocked on my door and asked myself and (brother) Kerrod to come and play for the Ipswich Jets.

"He was one of, or was my favourite player, growing up."

So much so, that Walters challenged Queensland's marquee NRL team to play with the spirit of the NSW great.

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Tommy Raudonikis OAM (born 13 April 1950 ) is an Australian former rugby league footballer and coach. He played over 29 Tests and World Cup games as Australia representative halfback and captained his country in two Tests of the 1973 Kangarooo tour. He played 202 games for the Western Suburbs Magpies between 1969 and 1979 before moving to the Newtown Jets for 37 games in three seasons between 1980 and 1982. He played under two famous coaches, Roy Masters at Wests and Warren Ryan at Newtown. Some rate him the toughest player ever to have played in the halves

"If this Broncos team can get the attitude that Tommy did we'll be winning a lot more games," Walters said.

More recently Raudonikis handed Nathan Cleary his debut NSW jersey in 2018, with the halfback now determined to play Origin with his predecessor on his mind.

"That's something that I can definitely keep close to my heart now," Cleary said.

"He just said to play tough and to go out there and do your thing.

"The biggest thing for him is he likes players who are tough so it's something I'll always keep in mind. I'll try and make him proud."

Former Penrith captain and fellow Cowra hero Royce Simmons said he always admired Raudonikis for not just his skill and consistency as a player, but his personality.

"He made you laugh. If you sat down with him ... you walked away feeling better," Simmons said.

"As my old dad used to say, 'anyone who makes you laugh should never die.'

"That's Tommy, I reckon."

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