The marquee event for the Indigenous 7s rugby is the Ella 7s. Named after the famous Ella Brothers, Aboriginal Wallabies players who represented Australia during the 80’s, this tournament is getting bigger and better each year. In 2014, the Ella 7s will include Cairns, Brisbane and Coffs Harbour. Hosting between 10 (Cairns) and 44 teams (Coffs Harbour) in both men’s and women’s divisions, with staff and spectators, it is expected that up to 2000 people will attend these events.
The LMRDT also have teams participating in international rugby competitions such as the Bangkok 7s, Kiama 7s, either the Manilla or Hong Kong 10s. These trips provide a rewarding experience, allowing our participants to discover new countries and culture through their passion for rugby. Proving to be a great launch pad for our next generation Rugby 7s players, the LMRDT participated in and won the 2013 Australian Schoolboy Rugby Sevens.
The LMRDT compete each year with a representative team in the National Women’s 7s Championships. The 2014 tournament will be held in Canberra. 2013 saw the addition of the Schoolgirls program. More details can be found on the Indigenous Rugby Programs page.
The Eora Warriors U9s and U12s
The Eora Warriors are our Inner Sydney Juniors Club who participates in the Sydney Juniors competition from March to August. The team is based out of the NCIE, Redfern. The team is all inclusive inviting kids from all backgrounds and cultures to come together to support one another for the love of the game. We have been very successful, combining both a rugby and social experience.
Looking to include other age groups to reach even more kids. Please contact Mel Howie on 0414 256 600 or Mel.Howie@rugby.com.au if you are interested in joining. To create an inclusive environment, we provide the kids with uniforms, transport and complimentary fees.
U16s National Indigenous Championships
The LMRDT Inc, Member Unions and the Australian Rugby Union have been able to establish the National Indigenous U16 Championships, which is the final selection process for the National Indigenous U16 team to contest the ARU National U16 Championships. For the past few years the Championships have been held at Tallebudgera on the Gold Coast in QLD and have attracted kids from all around Australia.
U18s Australian Schools Division 2 Championship
Since April 2011,squadss from across Australia take part in the National Indigenous U18s Rugby Program. This program also gives the Lloyd McDermott Program an opportunity to select a National Indigenous Schoolboys team.
To be eligible for the 2014 tournament, players must be born 1996/97, and attending full time school.
From nominations we select a team to contest the U18 Australian Schools Rugby Football Union Division 2 Championships. Since first entering in 2002 the LMRDT Inc has won twice (2010 and 2012).
The IRB has announced its match officials list for the second stage of the 2014 IRB Junior World Championships overnight, with two Australians appointed to referee two of the games in New Zealand on Sunday.
We’re excited to announce that Australian Rugby will be moving to a new online system for national competition management and participant registration for the 2014 Rugby Sevens season and the 2015 club Rugby season.
We’re set for an exciting year with plenty to look forward to in 2014, including our Qantas Men’s Sevens team competing in the Commonwealth Games (July), the Women’s Rugby World Cup in France (August) and the launch of a new domestic competition – the National Rugby Championship (August).