Tandy while playing for Ireland in 2008
20 September 1981|
Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
|Died||28 April 2014
Saratoga, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||185 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||98 kg (15 st 6 lb)|
|As of 15 July 2010
Source: Rugby League Project, NRL Stats
Ryan Tandy (20 September 1981 – 28 April 2014) was an Australian professional rugby league player of the 2000s, and 2010s. An Ireland national representative forward, he played in the National Rugby League for the St. George Illawarra Dragons, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Wests Tigers, Melbourne Storm and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, and in Super League for Hull Kingston Rovers. He was banned from playing professional rugby league in Australia after being found guilty of spot-fixing during a match in 2010.
Tandy played Junior Rugby League for the Kincumber Colts on the Central Coast of New South Wales. His career covered stints with the St. George Illawarra Dragons, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Wests Tigers, Melbourne Storm and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the NRL. He also played for Hull Kingston Rovers in the European Super League. In the National League system he played for Doncaster, Widnes Vikings, Whitehaven and Barrow. He was an Ireland international.
Tandy debuted for the Wests Tigers first grade team against the Brisbane Broncos in Round 15 2008.
Tandy was selected in the Ireland national team for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, which led to a contract with Melbourne Storm for 2009. He played for Melbourne in the 2009 NRL Grand Final victory against Parramatta, but the premiership title was later stripped from the Storm due to salary cap breaches.
After the 21 August 2010 Canterbury-Bankstown match against the North Queensland Cowboys Tandy became embroiled in a betting scandal. The Totalisator Agency Board (TAB) announced that 95 per cent of bets placed on the first scoring play of this match were for the unusual option of a Cowboys penalty goal. Friends and associates of Tandy placed a large number of bets and then taken action in the match to allow the opposing side to score a penalty goal. Tandy gave away possession to the Cowboys in the opening moments of the match by knocking on, and then gave away a penalty. These actions put the Cowboys in a position where a penalty goal was a likely outcome. However, the Cowboys decided on an attacking option and scored a try instead.
Tandy strongly denied the accusations of deliberately giving away possession and a penalty to allow the exotic option on the bets to be successful. Despite this, he was arrested on 2 February 2011 for providing false evidence to a law enforcement agency during the investigation of the betting scandal. He received an intensive correction order for six months. It required: community service, supervision and curfew, but he could have been jailed for two years.
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