Rugby league legend dies aged 70

Rugby league legend Tommy Raudonikis has died at the age of 70.

Raudonikis played over 29 Tests and World Cup games for Australia as a halfback and captained his country twice in 1973.

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 and was named in the Western Suburbs Magpies team of the century.

He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1982, but was perhaps most famous for coaching the NSW Blues in the 1997 and 1998 State of Origin series where he entered folklore when he introduced the 'cattledog' call to which NSW players responded by breaking from the scrum with fists flying, resulting in two famous all-in-brawls.

What are your favourite memories of Tommy Raudonikis?


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