Sport Tommy to be honoured with SCG public memorial
League legend Tommy Raudonikis dead at 70
Rugby league great Tommy Raudonikis has died at age 70 after a long battle with cancer. © 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.
A memorial service for legendary halfback Tommy Raudonikis will be held on Monday at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the Australian Rugby League Commission announced.
The family of iconic Kangaroos player Tommy Raudonikis accepted the offer from the ARLC for a service, which will be held between 11am and noon.
The 70-year-old- he enjoyed a storied career with the Western Suburbs Magpies and Newtown Jets .
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Despite the merger of Balmain and Wests in 2000, the Magpies remained the legendary halfback's true love.The rugby league legend, who died just days short of his 71st birthday, had plenty to do with the new joint-venture club after 2000, but it was his beloved Magpies, who have continued on in the lower grades for the past two decades, that remained his true love in the game.
Members of the public are welcome to attend the event at the SCG, and tickets will not be required. People are requested to arrive half an hour in advance.
"Tommy was one of a kind. He was the people's champion who reached the pinnacle of our game, it's fitting the rugby league community will come together on Monday to pay tribute to one of the most popular players in the game's history," ARLC Chairman Peter V'landys said.
"We have worked with Tommy's family to ensure a Memorial that fittingly celebrates a legend of our game."
Raudonikis passed away a week ago and has been fondly remembered by people all across the rugby league community, from former teammates, to opponents, to people he coached and everyone in between.
"There are few icons in the history of rugby league that will stand as tall as Tommy Raudonikis," Wests Tigers chairman Lee Hagipantelis said.
"Tommy wore the black and white with fervour and passion like no other and is revered for his contribution to our club, our state and our country.
"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."
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