Tommy Raudonikis Biogaphy – Tommy Raudonikis Wiki
Tommy Raudonikis was an Australian rugby league footballer and coach. He played 201 first grade games for the Western Suburbs, followed by 37 for Newtown Jets. He played a total of 24 matches for NSW and 60 for Australia, including 29 Tests. Across all competitions, he played 403 elite-level games between 1969-83.
Raudonikis won the Rothman’s Medal in the 1972 NSW Rugby League season while playing with his beloved Magpies. He was named in the Western Suburbs team of the century in 2004.
After retiring as a player, he coached Brothers and Ipswich in Queensland before spending a stint as coach of Wests. He coached the NSW State of Origin team in 1997 and 1998. He coached the Magpies for 114 games from 1995-99. The club merged with the Balmain Tigers at the end of 1999 to form the joint venture Wests Tigers.
Tommy Raudonikis Age
Tommy was born on 13 April 1950, in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. He died on 7 April 2021, in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Tommy Raudonikis Wife
Was Tommy Raudonikis married? He was married to his wife Trish Brown.
Tommy Raudonikis Children
Tom Raudonikis had three children; two sons, Lincoln Raudonikis and Simon Raudonikis, and a daughter, Corryn. Simon is from Tommy Raudonikis’ first wife. His son Lincoln played two seasons for the Western Suburbs in the NRL during the late 1990s. In April 2013, Raudonikis’s 15-year-old grandson, Jake, died at a Coffs Harbour hospital following a head knock that occurred during a junior rugby league match. Jake was the son of Tommy Raudonikis’ daughter, Corryn.
Tommy Raudonikis Family
He was the son of immigrant parents, a Lithuanian father, and Swiss mother, who arrived in Australia in late 1949. His parents arrived in Sydney with his older brothers, twins aged 2. Raudonikis was born while they were living in a migrant hostel at Bathurst.
Tommy Raudonikis Death
Tommy Raudonikis died on 7 April 2021, at the age of 70 after a long battle with cancer. “Tommy was one of a kind. There will never be another Tommy Raudonikis,” ARL Commission chairman Peter V’landys said. “Tommy was everything that makes rugby league the greatest game of all. As a player, there were none tougher. He was a brilliant halfback, what he lacked in stature he more than made up for in smarts and courage to become one of the best players of his era.”
The Newtown Jets tweeted: “The Newtown Jets are deeply saddened to learn about the passing of former grand final captain Tommy Raudonikis. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.”
Wests Magpies wrote: “@westsmagpies are saddened to learn of the passing of much loved Magpie Tommy Raudonikis. As both player & coach, Tommy has been at the heart & Soul of the Magpies and their supporters for 50 years. Our thoughts are with Tommy’s family.”
“There are few icons in the history of rugby league that will stand as tall as Tommy Raudonikis,” Wests Tigers chair 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.”
Wests Tigers chief executive Justin Pascoe said in a statement: “Tommy is certainly an inspirational part of our club’s history and someone with whom I greatly appreciated spending time with. His wisdom, insight and passion for our club and game was like no other, and I thoroughly enjoyed the time learning from and listening to him. He is without doubt the fiercest competitor I have ever met and is someone whom I be deeply remembered and missed by everyone associated with Wests Tigers.”
Tommy Raudonikis Nationality
He is of Australian nationality. He was born in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia, to a Lithuanian father, and Swiss mother.