Ellia Green OAM (25) is one of the stars of international Rugby Sevens. Green and her Australian teammates made headlines around the world when they won the first gold medal in Olympic history for women’s Rugby Sevens at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Green’s form throughout the tournament was scintillating, consolidating her standing as one of the most prodigiously talented female players in the world game. She was also proven to be one of the toughest, having played her entire Olympic campaign with a fracture in her right humerus and a tear in her shoulder socket.
Ellia capped off a massive 2016, with the Pearls becoming the first Australian Sevens team to win the IRB World Rugby Sevens Series. Ellia scored 17 tries across the 10-leg Series to finish as the competition’s fourth highest try-scorer.
In January 2017, Ellia Green was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia – the country’s highest recognition for outstanding achievement and service.
In 2017 during the Las Vegas leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series, Ellia sustained an injury to her ACL. She underwent a knee reconstruction on her return home to Australia and was in a race against time to regain her fitness to be considered for selection as part of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games team. According to coach Tim Walsh, Ellia emerged from her knee rehab program a month ahead of schedule and leaner, fitter and stronger than ever before. Ellia was rewarded with selection for the Commonwealth Games, eventually coming away with a silver medal after a narrow loss to New Zealand in the final in extra-time.
Ellia was again forced to have more surgery on her knee, missing the final three legs of the 2018 World Rugby Sevens Series, which Australia went on to win. Her absence at the back-end of the tournament didn’t stop Ellia from picking up the TAG Heuer ‘Don’t Crack Under Pressure’ award at the World Rugby Sevens Series awards night in Paris. Ellia’s nomination came from her barnstorming try at the 2018 Sydney Sevens in her return outing from injury.
Ellia and the Australian Pearls added a bronze medal to their recent haul at the 2018 Women’s Rugby 7s World Cup in San Francisco. The Olympic champions were stunned 17-12 by France in the semi-final which put them into the bronze match with hosts, the USA. Ellia showed her class in that outing, scoring two tries to lead her team to a 24-14 win.
There is a real appetite for women’s Rugby 7s in Australia and Ellia is leading the way by setting a new standard of high performance in the Women’s game.