Public memorial announced for NRL legend Tommy Raudonikis

A public memorial service for Rugby League legend Tommy Raudonikis will be held at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday.

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

The NRL great will be farewelled at a private funeral with close family and friends at Clear Island Waters on the Gold Coast this Friday.


However, fans will also be given the chance to pay their respects to the former Australian halfback 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 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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