Wests Tigers to honour Tommy Raudonikis this Saturday

Fitting farewell: Tommy Raudonikis will be a remembered at the Wests Tigers' home game this Saturday. Picture: NRL/Twitter
Fitting farewell: Tommy Raudonikis will be a remembered at the Wests Tigers' home game this Saturday. Picture: NRL/Twitter

A stand at Campbelltown Stadium will bear the name of one of NRL's most beloved figures this weekend.

The eastern grandstand will be renamed the Tommy Raudonikis OAM Stand in honour of the former Western Suburbs Magpies player who died last month after a battle with cancer.

Saturday marks the first Campbelltown home game the Wests Tigers have played since Tommy's passing.

The game against the Gold Coast Titans will see the players don specially-designed jerseys to pay tribute to the talented halfback.

A stage will also be set up on the north-west hill, featuring the four playing jerseys Tommy wore throughout his career: Western Suburbs, Newton, NSW and Australia.

The premier jersey sponsor position on the Wests Tigers' strip this week will also be donated to charity organisation Smart Pups Assistance Dogs, a cause close to Tommy's heart.

As play kicks off at 5.30pm, 30 former Western Suburbs Magpies greats will form a guard of honour - and they'll be joined by a very special guest.

'Smart Pup Tommy', a dog which Raudonikis developed a very strong relationship with through his work with the charity, will also join the guard of honour.

The Raudonikis family will distribute the match ball to be used in the game.

Following the full-time siren, each jersey worn by the Wests Tigers players during the game will be signed by the entire team and auctioned online, with the proceeds going to Smart Pups.

They will be available via roarstore.com.au/auctions.

The game will be broadcast on Foxtel and Kayo on Saturday, May 8 from 5.30pm.


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