29 Apr 2014

Ex NRL player found dead

7:29 am on 29 April 2014

The former National Rugby League player Ryan Tandy, who was found guilty of fixing a match in 2010, has been found dead from an apparent drug overdose.

The 32-year-old former Canterbury prop was found at his parents' home in Saratoga in the New South Wales Central Coast region.

Australian-born Tandy, who represented Ireland at the 2008 rugby league World Cup, was banned for life by the NRL and convicted by a Sydney court of trying to obtain financial advantage by fixing a match against North Queensland.

A problem gambler, he gave away a penalty in front of the posts in the opening minutes which was subsequently linked to a betting plunge on the first points scored in the match.

A former Melbourne Storm teammate Steve Turner described Tandy as the "life of the party".

He'd been due in court next month after for allegedly kidnapping a man on the Central Coast over a drug debt.