Ellia Green announces retirement from Sevens

Tue, 09/11/2021, 06:52 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
Australia faced off against Oceania at day three of the Oceania Sevens at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.

Australian Sevens legend Ellia Green has announced her retirement from the sport.

The 28-year-old made the announcement via social media after a decade-long career in Sevens.

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"An incredible 10 years of being an Australian Rugby Sevens player has come to an end," they said via Instagram.

"Thank you to everyone that has supported me throughout my career in Rugby Sevens. This chapter has most certainly been life changing and taught me many lessons in life and about myself not to mention the ability to share so much love amongst the players, families and supporters of our game.

"Most importantly it gave my Mum so much happiness and strength to watch and something that made her so proud of to brag to her friends and the local coffee shop about.

"I won’t be playing anymore however I will be playing an even more challenging game than sevens…..the parenthood challenge. Blessings upon blessings and I will be showing my baby soon that I was once upon a time an alright rugby player but most importantly a kind human being."

"A HUGE congratulations to Aussie7s superstar Ellia Green on a phenomenal WorldRugby7s series career," the Sevens team said in a statement.

"A Commonwealth and Olympic medalist and an immortal of our game. All the best for whatever lays ahead."

Green made their debut in 2012 at Houston, helping Australia to third place at the event.

Following this, Green would go on to establish themself as one of the most damaging players in Sevens history, becoming Australia’s highest tryscorer (141) and fourth-highest ever behind New Zealand’s Portia Woodman and Canadian duo Bianca Farella and Ghislaine Landry.

The flyer would go on to play an integral role in Australia's historic 2016 Olympic campaign, scoring a try in the final to help secure the gold medal over New Zealand.

Green would miss selection for the 2021 Tokyo Games, which coach John Manetni described as one of the toughest decisions in his coaching career.

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