Wests Tigers to 'retire' number 7 jersey this weekend in honour of Tommy Raudonikis

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The incalculable legacy of Tommy Raudonikis will be honoured by the Wests Tigers this weekend with all four grades to retire the number seven jersey.

The beloved halfback died on Wednesday after a long battle with cancer.

He was one of the most iconic figures in NRL, and played for the Western Suburbs Magpies (which joined with Balmain Tigers to become the Wests Tigers in 2000) in the late 1960s and 1970s, and coached the club in the 1990s.

The Wests Tigers' NRL, NSW Cup, Jersey Flegg and NSW Women's Premiership teams will all take to the field in this Sunday's quadruple-header at Leichhardt Oval led by their halfbacks, each wearing a different number on the day.

The number seven jersey from each grade will be placed on the first chair of the club's bench.

The club said the tribute would be replicated across all junior representative and associated teams across the weekend, including Harold Matthews, SG Ball, Tarsha Gale and Ron Massey Cup.

The NRL squad will wear a specially-embroidered version of the club's 2021 home jersey for the game paying tribute to Tommy.

There will also be a special tribute to the passionate former player prior to the NRL and NSW Cup games and dedicatory videos to be played at the ground throughout the day.

Tommy will be further honoured at the club's next Campbelltown Stadium home game in round 9.

The game against the Gold Coast Titans on Saturday, May 8 will be celebrated as 'Tommy Raudonikis Memorial Round' with further tributes and activities to take place on the day.

Raudonikis' death at age 70 sent the entire NRL community and fanbase into mourning on Wednesday.

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