Almanac Rugby League


Rugby league icon Tommy Raudonikis has passed away
at the age of 70 after a long battle with cancer.
Read a tribute by Neill Jones here.


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Our collection of articles appears below.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 6: Curiouser and curiouser!

The NRL’s Round 5 saw a couple of upsets while Round 6 promises several clashes which may reinvigorate or destroy more than a couple teams. Ian Hauser offers his thoughts and predictions.

Almanac Rugby League – Tommy: the last word

Roy Masters coached Tommy Raudonikis at the Western Suburbs Magpies in the late 70s and early 80s. Roy penned this tribute to Tommy late last week in ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’.

Almanac Rugby League: Meeting Tommy Raudonikis after the 1981 Grand Final

Wayne Ball goes back to his childhood to recall his memory of ‘the people’s champion’, Tommy Raudonikis.

Almanac Rugby League: Iosia Soliola, a legend on and off the field!

‘Iosia Soliola is one of the most well-regarded rugby league players I have ever encountered personally or heard of. He was (and is) an absolute champion of a fellow with the Sydney Roosters, Newtown Jets, St Helens and the Canberra Raiders.’ Here’s why!

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 5: Is there more to this competition than meets the eye?

Are the Dragons going to confound the ‘experts’? What are the Titans made of, and do the Sharks have enough teeth to maul the Roosters? Ian Hauser previews the NRL’s Round 5.

Almanac Rugby League: Vale Tom Raudonikis

Tommy Raudonikis, champion halfback for the Western Suburbs Magpies, Newtown Bluebaggers, NSW and Australia, and larger-than-life rugby league icon, has passed away aged 70. Ian Hauser pays tribute to the little Aussie battler who never took a backward step.

Almanac Rugby League: …and then Tommy scored

As his tribute on the passing of Tommy Raudonikis, Neill Jones revisits that day in 1981 when Tommy starred for the Newtown Bluebaggers but could not stop Parramatta from winning the Grand Final.

Almanac Rugby League: The code evolves beyond the Super League in Europe

Rugby league is looking to expand its base in the UK and Europe. The latest development is the introduction of The Championship which kicked off over the Easter weekend.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 4: The wheat and chaff are settling

Upsets have become almost a regular occurrence in the 2021 NRL season making tipping a bit of a nightmare. Ian Hauser tries to make sense of it all to come up with his picks for Round 4.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 3: The big boys to throw their weight around

A gap between the best and the rest is emerging early in the 2021 NRL competition. Ian Hauser expects ‘the big boys’ to throw their weight around this weekend in Round 3.