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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Former Barrow Raiders player found dead in Australia

A FORMER Barrow Raiders player and Ireland forward has died at the age of 32.

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Ryan Tandy

Australian-born Ryan Tandy played seven games for the Raiders in the 2005 season before rejoining Whitehaven for a second spell with the West Cumbrians.

Tandy went on to play for Widnes and Doncaster and made 12 Super League appearances for Hull KR in 2007.

He represented Ireland at the 2008 World Cup, playing a key role as Andy Kelly’s men topped their group before being eliminated in the knockout stages by Fiji.

A statement on Rugby League Ireland’s official website said: “Rugby League Ireland would like to pass on our condolences to the family and friends of Ryan Tandy who sadly passed away today in Saratoga, Australia.

“Ryan was a larger than life character and we would like to express our thanks for the commitment during the World Cup.”

Tandy’s career ended in disgrace after being convicted of match-fixing while playing for Canterbury Bulldogs against North Queensland in 2010, with the NRL banning him for life.

Tandy was found dead at his parents' home on the NSW central coast, reportedly after a drug overdose.

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