Australian rugby league legend Tommy Raudonikis dies

Tommy Raudonikis, perhaps rugby league’s most loved character, has died after a long battle with cancer.

The former Australian halfback and captain was with his partner Trish Brown when he passed away at 7.15am on Wednesday in a Gold Coast hospital, only six days short of his 71st birthday.

“Tommy Terrific”, as he was known to his fans at Western Suburbs and Newtown, had been plagued with bad health for nearly 30 years, including testicular cancer, a quadruple bypass, neck and throat cancer and ailments of the back and shoulders.