Dubbo set to welcome biggest First Nations Sevens tournament

Wed, Mar 4, 2020, 2:56 AM
Rugby Australia
by Rugby Australia
Stu Walmsley
Stu Walmsley

The largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Rugby 7s tournament kicks off on new turf this week with the KARI Foundation Ella 7s debuting in Dubbo, New South Wales.

32 teams will take centre stage including 2019’s crowned champions the women’s Highlanders from Brisbane and the men’s Southern Kings from the South Coast.

Now in its twelfth year, the competition has expanded to three days to include local school competitions which will see primary school teams taking to the field on Thursday and high school teams battling it out on Friday.

Rugby Australia’s High-Performance team will be scouting for fresh talent after uncovering several First Nations stars including Australian Sevens hotshots John Porch, Maurice Longbottom and Mahalia Murphy.

Wallabies legend and former President of the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team Gary Ella said the KARI Foundation Ella 7s represents a huge stepping stone for the code. ‘’Rugby recognises that we need more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders donning the green and gold jersey and this tournament offers that opportunity.

‘’We’ve seen players fast-tracked to the top in just a matter of months so it’s always an exciting time when we first spot them at the KARI Ella 7s.

‘’We’ll also have Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing providers as well as the YARPA Indigenous Employment Hub set up on the sidelines to chat with players,’’ said Ella.

All the action kicks off Appex Oval in Dubbo on Thursday morning at 9:00am with the finals being played on Saturday at 6:00pm.


Men’s Teams:

Southern Kings, South Coast NSW

Bourke Warriors, Bourke NSW

Knightriders, ACT and South Coast NSW

Skindogs Gold, Sydney NSW

La Perouse R.U.F.C, Sydney

Mehi Warriors, Moree NSW

Skindogs, Sydney NSW

Mob Deep, Redfern, Sydney

C Q Black Magic, Central QLD

Brothers United, Dubbo NSW

Walgett 7’s, Walgett NSW

North Coast Magpies, Grafton NSW

Dubbo Rhinos, Dubbo NSW

Gomeroi Goannas, Moree NSW

Tingha Warriors, Tingha NSW

Hamilton Hawks, Newcastle NSW

Bre Brumbies, Brewarrina NSW

Bourke Rams, Bourke NSW

Mallos Magpies, Dubbo NSW

Mr Jesters Inn, Central Coast NSW

Gathang Gan Gans, Mid North Coast NSW

Charlie French Memorial, Singleton NSW

Dirty Ruckers, Sydney NSW

Sydney Sea Turtles, Sydney NSW


Women’s Teams:

Highlanders, Brisbane QLD

Gracie Aboriginal Pathways, Sydney NSW

Maroubra Thunders, Sydney NSW

Tingha Warriors, Tingha NSW

Highlanders Development, Central NSW/Brisbane

Coonamble Cougars, Coonamble NSW

Mr Jesters Inn, Central Coast NSW

Rhinos Women, Dubbo NSW