NRL legend Tommy Raudonikis farewelled on the Gold Coast

Rugby League legend Tommy Raudonikis has been farewelled at a private funeral for close family and friends on the Gold Coast.

The service took place at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church at Clear Island Waters at 11am on Friday.

Fellow NRL greats Wally Lewis, Allan Langer, Gene Miles and Trevor Gillmeister were among those who attended the funeral to pay their respects to the beloved “people’s champion”.


While board members and players from Raudonikis’ beloved Western Suburbs Magpies were also in attendance, alongside the former Australian halfback’s wife Trish and three children Lincoln, Simon and Corryn.

The 70-year-old passed away in the Gold Coast University Hospital on April 7, following a long battle with cancer.

While today’s funeral was for those closest to the league legend, fans will also be given the chance to pay their respects at a public memorial service in Sydney next week.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Australian Rugby League Commission boss Peter V’Landys said the Raduonikis family had accepted the offer of a public service.

“Tommy was one of a kind. He was the people’s champion who reached the pinnacle of our game, it’s fitting the rugby league community will come together on Monday to pay tribute to one of the most popular players in the game’s history,” Mr V’Landys said.

“We have worked with Tommy’s family to ensure a Memorial that fittingly celebrates a legend of our game.”

Raudonikis played 29 Test matches for Australia and was part of the first State of Origin match in 1980.

After retiring from the game, he coached in both the NRL and State of Origin arenas.

The memorial service will take place at the SCG at 11am on Monday, April 19, with everyone invited to attend.

No tickets will be required, however, people are being encouraged to arrive half an hour early.

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