Indigenous Rugby

The Australian Rugby Union supports initiatives to increase the exposure of Rugby to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team Inc.

The Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team's aim is to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth with a future through the game of Rugby Union. The LMDRT work in partnership with the ARU in assembling Indigenous Rugby teams to the National U16 Championships, the Australian Schools Division 2 Championships, Schoolboy and Schoolgirl 7s  and National Women’s 7s Championships.
Indigenous Rugby Programs

These programs are a joint initiative of the ARU, and our Member Unions (QRU, NSWRU, NTRU, Brumbies, and RugbyWA).Indigenous Rugby Programs are for school students in targeted communities and schools around regional Australia. To participate, players must attend school and have the support of their school community.

The Indigenous Rugby Program creates a pathway for young talented Indigenous players. Players within the program can be selected for regional U16's Championships. In turn, teams are selected from these regional championships to compete in the National U16 Indigenous Championship held each years. The National U18 Indigenous Rugby Program also aims to extend the pathway and create more opportunities for Indigenous youth to remain in the game.

Players and schools should contact their local State Union for more details.
National U18 Indigenous Program

The program is an extension from the National Indigenous U16's . All players (who are eligible) were invited to nominate for selection. To be eligible for the 2014 tournament, players must be born 1996/1997, attending full time school and playing Rugby. A National Indigenous U18 Team will be selected to compete in the National Schoolboys Tournament each year.

Schools and participants should contact the Lloyd McDermott Program through Mel Howie at or Tom Evans at for more information.  
National U16 Indigenous Championship

The Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team (LMRDT) run a National U16 Indigenous Championship annually at the Gold Coast, Queensland, with six teams participating from across Australia. Teams are selected through regional programs and represented the following areas;

Southern NSW & ACT

Northern NSW

South Queensland

North Queensland

Northern Territory

Combined States

National Indigenous Schoolboys Teams

Australian U16 and U18 Indigenous teams are brought together annually by the LMRDT for participation in the National Schoolboy Tournaments and Schoolboys 7s Tournaments.
The ARU work in partnership with the LMRDT and Member Unions to select these teams. Players who participate in Indigenous Rugby Programs are available for selection, provided their state and territory representative teams do not require their services.
National Indigenous Schoolgirls Team

The Schoolgirls program kicked off with the inaugural Schoolgirls Development Camp in Alice Spring, NT in December 2013. This camp brought together over 50 of Australia’s most talent young Indigenous women to development their skills with an aim to continue on a Rugby 7s and Education pathway. The camp also provided opportunities for talented athletes to be identified, and members of the Australian Women’s 7s team were on hand to share their skills and knowledge on competing at the Elite level.

For more information on the National Indigenous Schoolgirls Team, contact Jordan Goddard at


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