|Birth name||Thomas Leo Sweeney|
|Date of birth||c. 1929|
|Place of birth||Brisbane, Queensland|
|Date of death||(aged 87)|
|Rugby union career|
Thomas Leo Sweeney (c. 1929 – 17 February 2017) was a rugby union player who represented Australia.
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Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of 25 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.
Sweeney, a fullback, was born in Brisbane, Queensland and claimed 1 international rugby cap for Australia.
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