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Tommy Raudonikis
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Personal information
Full nameTom Raudonikis
Born (1950-04-13) 13 April 1950 (age 70)
Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia
Died07 April 2021 (age 70 years)
Playing information
Height170 cm (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Weight11 st 7 lb (73 kg)[1]
1969–79Western Suburbs2022900116
1980–82Newtown Jets3740016
1983Brothers (Brisbane)
1971–80New South Wales24110033
1972–80NSW City840012
Coaching information
Western Suburbs
Brothers (Brisbane)
Norths (Brisbane)
Ipswich Jets
Western Suburbs
New South Wales
Tommy Raudonikis OAM (born 13 April 1950) was 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 Kangaroo tour.
1 Background
2 Club playing career
3 Representative playing career
4 Awards
5 Coaching career
6 In the media
7 Footnotes
8 External links
9 Sources
Raudonikis was born Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. He is the son of a Lithuanian immigrant father and a Swiss immigrant mother.
He joined the RAAF as an Engineering Apprentice in 1967 and spent three years under training at RAAF Wagga.
Club playing career
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 and in September 2004 he was named in the Western Suburbs Magpies team of the century.
Raudonikis was Western Suburbs Club Captain from 1971 to 1979, and was Newtown Club Captain from 1980 to 1982.
240+ senior game for Western Suburbs Magpies and Newtown Jets
Won the 1972 Rothmans Medal
Representative playing career
Raudonikis was first selected in an Australian squad in 1971 behind Souths halfback Bob Grant and made his run on debut in 1972 against the Kiwis (the same year he won the Rothmans Medal for best club player for the season). He was the regular Test halfback for the next six years. He made Test appearances up until 1980 by which time he was being challenged by Greg Oliphant and Steve Mortimer. He was the captain of the New South Wales State of Origin team in the inaugural 1980 contest.
NSW and Australian halfback throughout the 1970s
First NSW state of origin captain in 1980
Coached NSW Blues in 1997 and 1998 Origin Series
NSW Sporting Hall of Fame
Kangaroos captain in 1973 for the deciding Ashes test against Great Britain (won 15–5) and the opening test against France (won 21–9)
29 Test and World Cup caps
Raudonikis in 2008
Awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 1982
Team of the Century with Wests Tigers and Western Suburbs
Wests Magpies # 1 club man in 100 years and Magpie Immortal
Voted Newtown's Greatest Import in 100 years
Men of Leagues' Toughest 12 in last 50 years
ARL's greatest 100 in past 100 years
Coaching career
Raudonikis' final playing year was in a captain coach role at Brisbane Brothers in 1983. He later coached Brisbane Norths and the Ipswich Jets in the Brisbane Rugby League premiership. Returning to Sydney, he was coach of the Western Suburbs Magpies from 1995 until the formation of the Wests Tigers joint venture with the Balmain Tigers at the end of 1999. He had some initial coaching success making the finals in 1996, but Wests were ultimately unable to build on this and only won six games in their final two seasons.
Raudonikis coached the Blues in the 1997 and 1998 series. In those series he entered State of Origin folklore when he introduced the "Cattledog" call to which NSW players responded by breaking from the scrum with fists flying, resulting in two infamous all-in-brawls.
"'Tom Terrific' is impervious to pain. On and off the field Raudonikis was all heart and hustle. Determination and toughness marked his 20 Tests for Australia and his long career with Wests and Newtown and followed him to coaching in Brisbane and Sydney."
Roy Masters
In the media
Raudonikis is a long-term friend of 2GB radio station owner John Singleton. Through this friendship, he also participated as a commentator for the Continuous Call Team with Ray Hadley on 2GB.
Raudonikis' hospitalization in August 2006 for a heart bypass operation made Australian sports news and drew messages of support from a spectrum of famous former players including Wests icons Arthur Summons (the subject of the NRL trophy with Norm Provan).
Raudonikis made an appearance in the 2007 rugby league drama film The Final Winter.
Raudonikis at one stage worked as a part of the Channel 9 rugby league commentary team.
In February 2008, Raudonikis was named in the list of Australia's 100 Greatest Players (1908–2007) which was commissioned by the NRL and ARL to celebrate the code's centenary year in Australia. Also in 2008 the Western Suburbs Magpies celebrated their centenary by inducting six inaugural members, including Raudonikis, into the club's Hall of Fame.
In 2017, Raudonikis was a weekly guest on The Footy Show and had his own segment, "The Raudonikis Report".
^ RL stats
^ Alan Whiticker & Glen Hudson (2007). The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players. Wetherill Park, New South Wales: Gary Allen Pty Ltd. p. 453. ISBN 978-1-877082-93-1.
^ Rugby League Project
^ Rugby League Project
^ Roy Masters (2 August 2006). "Tom terrific after heart cops beating". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
^ Roy Masters (2 August 2006). "Tom terrific after heart cops beating". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 July 2008.
^ Douglas Kennedy and Elissa Blake (19 August 2007). "League legends in The Final Winter". The Sunday Mail. Australia: Queensland Newspapers. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
^ Peter Cassidy (23 February 2008). "Controversy reigns as NRL releases top 100 players". Macquarie National News. Archived from the original on 25 February 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2008.
^ "Centenary of Rugby League – The Players". NRL & ARL. 23 February 2008. Archived from the original on 26 February 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2008.
^ (2008). "Western Suburbs Magpies Hall of Fame". Wests Archives. Western Suburbs Magpies R.L.F.C. Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 28 November 2009.
External links
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Tommy Raudonikis.
Tommy Raudonikis at IMDb
Tom Raudonikis' website
Tommy Raudonikis, Wests Rugby League Team and the Working Class of Campbelltown, New South Wales - article in Football Studies 1998 Vol 1
Era of the biff profile
Alan Whiticker & Glen Hudson (2007). The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players. Wetherill Park, New South Wales: Gary Allen Pty Ltd. ISBN 978-1-877082-93-1.
Sporting positions
Preceded byWayne Ellis (caretaker)1994
CoachWestern Suburbs1995–1999
Succeeded byClub merged
Preceded byPhil Gould1992–1996
CoachNew South Wales1997–1998
Succeeded byWayne Pearce1999–2001
Preceded byDon Parish1972–1976
CoachWestern Suburbs1976
Succeeded byKeith Holman1977
Preceded byBob McCarthy
Succeeded byArthur Beetson
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vte1978 Kangaroo Tour squad
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Steve Kneen
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Graham Olling
George Peponis
Ray Price
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Rod Reddy
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Ian Schubert
Alan Thompson
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Bruce Walker
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Coach: Frank Stanton
vte1980 Kangaroo Tour of New Zealand squad
George Peponis (c)
Chris Anderson
Kerry Boustead
Les Boyd
Greg Brentnall
Chris Close
Michael Cronin
Garry Dowling
Ray Price
Graham Quinn
Tom Raudonikis
Rod Reddy
Alan Thompson
Graeme Wynn
Craig Young
Coach: Frank Stanton
vteNew South Wales Inaugural State of Origin team
1. Graham Eadie
2. Chris Anderson
3. Michael Cronin
4. Steve Rogers
5. Greg Brentnall
6. Alan Thompson
7. Tommy Raudonikis (c)
8. Jim Leis
9. Graeme Wynn
10. Bob Cooper
11. Craig Young
12. Steven Edge
13. Gary Hambly
14. Robert Stone
15. Steve Martin
Coach: Ted Glossop
vteNew South Wales State of Origin coaches
1980-1981 Ted Glossop
1982 Frank Stanton
1983 Ted Glossop
1984 Frank Stanton
1985 Terry Fearnley
1986-1987 Ron Willey
1988 John Peard
1989-1990 Jack Gibson
1991 Tim Sheens
1992-1996 Phil Gould
1997-1998 Tommy Raudonikis
1999-2001 Wayne Pearce
2002-2004 Phil Gould
2005 Ricky Stuart
2006-2007 Graham Murray
2008-2010 Craig Bellamy
2011-2012 Ricky Stuart
2013-2017 Laurie Daley
2018- Brad Fittler
vteWestern Suburbs Magpies Team of the 20th Century
1. Frank McMillan
2. Peter Dimond
3. Harry Wells
4. Cliff Pearce
5. Alan Ridley
6. Vic Hey
7. Keith Holman
8. John Donnelly
9. Noel Kelly (c)
10. Ed "Tedda" Courtney
11. Kel O'Shea
12. Arthur Clues
13. Les Boyd
14. Tom Raudonikis
15. John Dorahy
16. Neville Charlton
17. Bill Carson
Coach: Roy Masters
vteRothmans Medallists
1968 Terry Hughes
1969 Denis Pittard
1970 Kevin Junee
1971 Denis Pittard
1972 Tommy Raudonikis
1973 Ken Maddison
1974 Graham Eadie
1975 Steve Rogers
1976 Ray Higgs
1977 Mick Cronin
1978 Mick Cronin
1979 Ray Price
1980 Geoff Bugden
1981 Kevin Hastings
1982 Greg Brentnall
1983 Mike Eden
1984 Terry Lamb
1985 Wayne Pearce
1986 Mal Cochrane
1987 Peter Sterling
1988 Barry Russell
1989 Gavin Miller & Mark Sargent
1990 Peter Sterling
1991 Ewan McGrady
1992 Allan Langer
1993 Ricky Stuart
1994 David Fairleigh
1995 Paul Green
1996 Jason Taylor
1997 Brad Fittler
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