The Extraordinary Career of Tom Raudonikis
|By||Alan Whiticker & Ian Collis|
|Book Size||1000 mm (H x W x D)|
|Imprint||New Holland Publishers|
|Release Date||16 Aug 2021|
|Subject Classification||Biography: general / Biography: sport|
There have been few more tenacious players in the game of rugby league than Tom Raudonikis. An inspirational captain who often took on players twice his size, his whole-hearted attitude on the playing field earned him the name ' Tom Terrific' in the 1970s. Tommy played 201 games for the Magpies during the decade, as well as winning the Rothman's Medal for Best and Fairest Player of the 1972 season.
Raudonikis went on to play 29 Tests, including 9 World Cup appearance, during his international career, but his efforts for the New South Wales Blues and at club level were equally inspirational. Extremely competitive, both on and off the field, Raudonikis regularly delivered the goods when called upon to produce that ‘something extra’.
In 1995, Raudonikis returned to Sydney as coach of the Magpies after a long career in Brisbane. In only his second year as coach of the club, Tommy led Wests back into the play-offs in the 20-team ARL competition. The following year he coached the NSW Blues to State of Origin success.
Controversial, both on and off thefield, there was only one Tommy Raudonikis.
Ian Collis is a well known rugby league historian - he has one of the largest collections of sporting memorabilia in Australia. His passion for rugby league comes from his father Joseph, who was a pioneer of the North Ryde Junior Rugby League Club in the Balmain Junior League and a former Club president before playing a role in the formation of the Ryde United JRL Club. Ian is currently the Head of Fox Sports Statistics.
Alan James Whiticker is an Australian non-fiction author and publisher, with over 30 published books on history, sport, biography, true crime and lifestyle