Rugby league legend Tommy Raudonikis has died at the age of 70 following a long illness with cancer.
Raudonikis was a much-loved figure in the game as player and coach, who led New South Wales as captain in the inaugural State of Origin game in 1980.
One of the game’s great characters, Raudonikis was a tough halfback for Wests and Newtown who played 24 matches for NSW and 20 Tests for Australia.
He captained the Jets in the 1981 grand final and coached NSW to a State of Origin series win.
Raudonikis was inducted into the NRL Hall of Fame in 2008.
He played 239 first grade games, before playing a final year as captain-coach of Brisbane rugby league side Brothers.