Sport Tigers rest jersey in Raudonikis tribute
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.
Wests Tigers will retire the no.7 jersey from all four grades this weekend in a touching tribute to former halfback Tommy Raudonikis.
The larger-than-life ex-Wests and Newtown legend died at the age of 70 on Wednesday, causing an outpouring of grief in the rugby league community.
His beloved Wests will honour him by resting the no.7 jersey, with the halfback of each grade to lead their respective teams out of the tunnel at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.
The no.7 jersey will then be placed on the first chair of the team's bench for each grade - women's, SG Ball, NSW Cup and NRL.
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.
A minute's silence will also be held at the seven-minute mark of the Tiger's NRL match against North Queensland.
A dedicated Tommy Raudonikis Memorial Round has also been planed for round nine when Wests Tigers host Gold Coast at Campbelltown Stadium.
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Tributes have flown in from former teammates, ex-players and those who admired Raudonikis's worth ethic, toughness and character.
However, Canberra coach and former Australia and NSW halfback Ricky Stuart said on Thursday it's important to remember Raudonikis as an exceptional player too.
"Me and my brother had scrapbooks and on the front of my brother's scrapbook was Arthur Beetson, and on the front of mine was Bob Fulton and Tom Raudonikis," he said.
"I looked up to both people as role models in the way they played.
"As a young boy I studied those types of people and you take traits away from people who you wanted to model your game on.
"I loved his attitude towards winning, I loved his competitiveness.
"I loved that he loved a beer with his mates after a game, and we're hearing a lot about those stories but I don't want it to overshadow what a great player he was either."
Skandalis backs Brooks despite Tigers woes .
Wests Tigers great John Skandalis is hurting after the NRL side's limp first-half effort saw them booed off the field last weekend.But he says halfback Luke Brooks shouldn't be the fall guy for the side's disastrous 40 minutes against North Queensland on a day they had hoped to honour favourite son Tommy Raudonikis.