Opinion RIP Tom Raudonikis

S J

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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 and back and shoulder problems.

He passed away in a Gold Coast hospital on Wednesday morning. His partner, Trish, was by his side.
 

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He was the best fighter. I'm, not meaning he's great footy career - by pass cancer a few of them and also, he did help causes.
That's character.
 
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Despite all his health problems, he died too young. Taken too soon.

He seemed to be universally revered right throughout the game.

He optimised that Western Suburbs and Newtown battler spirit.

RIP Tommy.
 

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Tommy Ridiculous never won a premiership but he was truly entitled to be called a LEGEND.
He could have been on our coat of arms as well because he never took a backward step.

Other players were wary if not apprehensive playing him.
A tough no nonsense half who would spend most of his time in empathy or cultural courses or on suspension in todays game
He called and played it as he saw it, no room for politeness or head patting for Tommy.

Sadly a life time of very heavy smoking finally caught up with him, testicular and throat cancer took their toll
I was always a little agitated when Frank Hyde was calling a Saints game playing against Tommy, Kelly, Alchin, Diamond, Donnelly, boyd and Hornery.

RIP.
 
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Tommy Ridiculous never won a premiership but he was truly entitled to be called a LEGEND.
He could have been on our coat of arms as well because he never took a backward step.

Other players were wary if not apprehensive playing him.
A tough no nonsense half who would spend most of his time in empathy or cultural courses or on suspension in todays game
He called and played it as he saw it, no room for politeness or head patting for Tommy.

Sadly a life time of very heavy smoking finally caught up with him, testicular and throat cancer took their toll
I was always a little agitated when Frank Hyde was calling a Saints game playing against Tommy, Kelly, Alchin, Diamond, Donnelly, boyd and Hornery.

RIP.

Well said.