Rugby Player

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The name Mark Ella is synonymous with international rugby union. Still considered to be one of Australia’s all-time greats, Mark played 25 tests for the Wallabies including ten as captain over his four-year career. Mark’s skills were highlighted in the Wallabies 1984 Grand Slam tour of the UK, scoring a try in every test match, a feat he had also accomplished on the 1977/78 Australian Schoolboys tour and a feat that still has not been repeated today. Since his retirement from rugby union in 1984, Mark has been heavily involved with sports administration and corporate marketing and for the past 15 years has acted as a director of an award-winning below the line marketing agency. Mark has gained respect in the business community not only for his outstanding sporting ability but also for his astute business acumen. He has previously served as a board member of the Rio Tinto Aboriginal Foundation, Stadium Australia, NSW PCYC and National Australia Day Council and has been involved with dozens of charities in varying capacities. Mark currently writes a weekly rugby column for the Australian newspaper and appears regularly on Sky Sports. Mark was the first indigenous person to be honoured as Young Australian of the Year in 1982 and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1983.