Rugby League: Former Hull KR forward Ryan Tandy found dead in Australia
Former Hull KR and Ireland forward Ryan Tandy has been found dead from a suspected drug overdose
Last Updated: 28/04/14 12:45pm
Tandy, who was banned for life from Australia's National Rugby League on match-fixing charges, was found at his parents' home north of Sydney.
Australian-born Tandy played for the Robins during the 2007 Super League season, making 12 appearances in total, while he also had spells with Widnes and Whitehaven.
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."
A Hull KR statement read: "The club are shocked and saddened by the news of the death of former player Ryan Tandy.
"Ryan served Hull Kingston Rovers with distinction during his time with the club and our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this difficult time."
Tandy was found guilty of match fixing in 2010 and banned for life from the NRL.
He played a total of 36 NRL matches for St George Illawarra, South Sydney, Wests Tigers, Melbourne and Canterbury.
While playing for Canterbury in 2010, Tandy was found to have placed bets on North Queensland scoring the first points of a match against the Bulldogs with a penalty goal.
He gave away a penalty in front of the posts early in the game, but the Cowboys ignored the chance at goal and scored a try instead.
Tandy denied the accusations but in 2011 was found guilty of manipulating the first scoring point of the game and was banned for life.
Former South Sydney team-mate Bryan Fletcher said he was shocked by the news.
"He had his problems punting - he liked to bet," Fletcher told news.com.au "But I wouldn't have seen this coming. It's tragic for his family.
"He seemed alright, added Fletcher, who caught up with Tandy only a month ago.
"He's lost a lot of weight too. He'd been training and was off the drink. He was in a good headspace which I thought was good."