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Remembering This Classic Rugby League Warm Up Where Teammates Slapped and Fought Each Other

Remembering This Classic Rugby League Warm Up Where Teammates Slapped and Fought Each Other

In the wake of Tommy Raudonikis' sad passing, rugby league fans are using the time to reflect on what a legendary career he had.

Not only was he an incredible player on the field, but his presence off it was just as powerful.

Members of the media as well as past and current players all flocked to social media to pay tribute to the iconic Aussie figure.

And while some reminisced about their favourite personal memories with Raudonikis, others simply shared classic videos and highlights of his best moments.

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But it seems one video in particular did the rounds online more than any other - and for good reason too.

The old clip of Raudonikis warming up prior to a Western Suburbs Magpies game has resurfaced and it's bloody brilliant.

For anyone who hasn't seen the iconic footage from 1979, it basically shows Magpies great Raudonikis hyping himself up in the dressing rooms by slapping a teammate - before copping a big, open-palm slap himself.

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Incredibly, the classic video is cut short when two Magpies teammates start having a tear up in the background.

Raudonikis hilariously pauses his pregame routine to break up the fight before head coach Roy Masters gets control of the situation by addressing the team.

"The face slapping warmed our faces up, and got us in the right frame of mind. As players we accepted it unconditionally," Raudonikis told the NRL.

"Sometimes it got heated, like when Les Boyd and Ray Brown got carried away. They got stuck into each other actually... but they went out on the field and away we went."

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Stuff of legend.

Rest In Peace, Tommy.

Featured Image Credit: NRL

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Max Sherry

Max Sherry is a journalist for SPORTbible Australia. After migrating Down Under from London as a teenager, he instantly fell in love with Aussie sport and its culture. From NRL to AFL, cricket to rugby — you name it, Max watches it (with a beer in hand, of course). During his time at Fox Sports, he worked in the football department covering the Premier League, A-League, Socceroos and Matildas. Born a stone's throw away from West Ham's training ground, Max is obviously a die-hard Liverpool fan.