First Nations

Offering Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders more opportunities to play Rugby.

Rugby Australia’s vision is to give all Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders the opportunity to play Rugby and ensure each person is guided onto the right path. The two main priorities of Rugby AU’s second Reconciliation Plan is to build sustainable programs and celebrate existing initiatives.

We support this through fundraising for two critical programs; Deadly 7s and the Lloyd McDermott Foundation.

Deadly 7s

Deadly 7s is Rugby Australia’s first Indigenous Rugby program. Since kicking off in 2016 the program has been rolled out in more than 120 schools Australia-wide. Around 18,000 students have since benefited from the initiative with almost half having an Indigenous heritage.

For more primary school students it’s their first taste of Rugby and weaved into the program are some vital lessons on the importance of education and keeping healthy.

We are responsible for ensuring the program continues to be offered in rural areas around the country through upskilling and supporting local Rugby development officers.

The Lloyd McDermott Rugby Foundation

The Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team or ‘’Lloydies’’ kicked off more than two decades ago with a mission to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in Rugby. The foundation was named after Lloyd McDermott who was the first Aboriginal Rugby Union player to represent his country.

As well as running regular camps across the country, Lloydies hosts the popular Ella 7s Tournament as well as selects talent to represent the Indigenous side at various tournaments throughout the year.

We are responsible for ensuring Rugby is continually being introduced to new Indigenous players Australia-wide as well as supporting those who are already involved in the game.