Gold Coast based league legend reveals cancer battle

NEW South Wales rugby league legend and Gold Coaster Tommy Raudonikis has revealed he has throat cancer.

The Paradise Point local made the announcement while speaking to radio 2GB, just ahead of kick-off in Origin II on Wednesday night.  He said he only learned the news himself during the day.

The 64-year-old played in the very first Origin encounter as the Blues halfback in 1980.  He played 24 times for New South Wales and 20 Test matches for Australia and was the dominant halfback of the 1970s.


Raudonikis also coached the New South Wales Origin team in 1997 and 98 and had five seasons as coach of his former club, the Magpies, in the 90s.

Doctors reportedly told the league legend the cancer is treatable.