Former forward Ryan Tandy, who was banned for life from Australia’s National Rugby League on match-fixing charges, has been found dead from a drug overdose, reports said Monday.
Tandy, 32, was found at his parents’ home north of Sydney, the Daily Telegraph said.
Police confirmed they found the body of a 32-year-old man in Saratoga, on the New South Wales central coast, on Monday.
They said the death was not being treated as suspicious.
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 and for five clubs in England.
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.