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Tommy Raudonikis

Year inducted: 2019

True Blue number: 657

Origin number: 1

Born: April 13, 1950, Bathurst, NSW

Clubs: Western Suburbs Magpies, Newtown Jets

Position: Halfback

Premiership career: (1969-82) 238 games, 34 tries, 132 points (Western Suburbs 1969-79, 201g, 30t, 116p; Newtown 1980-82, 37g, 4t, 16p)

First Grade debut: Western Suburbs Magpies vs St George Dragons at Lidcombe Oval, Sydney on 19 July, 1969

Representative honours: Australia 29 Tests (1972-80); NSW 21 Interstate matches (1971-80), 1 State of Origin (1980); Coaching 1 State of Origin series win (1997)

Other honours: NRL Hall of Fame 2008, Rothmans Medal 2008

A legendary figure, Tom Raudonikis’ passion and determination were his hallmark qualities but he was also a gifted player with a burst of speed, great anticipation and a defensive technique second to none. He lifted both Western Suburbs and Newtown at club level, but he had the same effect for both New South Wales and Australia. After retiring he spent a successful stint as NSW Origin coach and remains one of the most iconic figures in the game.