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Ellia Green OAM (born 20 February 1993) is a professional Australian Rugby Union player. She represents Australia in Sevens Rugby and won a gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

Ellia Green
Ellia Green 2017.jpg
Green in 2017
Date of birth (1993-02-20) 20 February 1993 (age 26)
Place of birthSuva, Fiji
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Back
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
  Warringah ()
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2013– Australia

Born in Suva, Fiji, Green moved to Australia's Central Coast at the age of five.[1] She started Little Athletics at the age of six and excelled in sprinting. Green spent 10 years in athletics, representing Australia in the 100m, 200m and long jump at the World Junior Championships, until her cousins convinced her to try a hand at rugby sevens.[2] She first played for Warringah at the club level and debuted for Australia in February 2013.

Green scored an 80-metre try against Canada in the three-match exhibition series at the Gold Coast Sevens, a match broadcast live on Fox Sports. Within four hours, the try had been viewed over 200,000 times on the IRB Sevens World Series Facebook page.[citation needed] Green was recruited by the Australian Rugby Sevens program after attending a Pathway to Gold Talent ID camp in Melbourne in 2012. She is a sprinter, having previously represented Australia in athletics at the World School Games in Qatar in 2009 and scored the winning try after the siren against Canada at Twickenham in the Sevens World Series in May 2015. Representative Honours include Victoria.[3][4] She was a member of Australia's team at the 2016 Olympics, defeating New Zealand in the final to win the inaugural Olympic gold medal in the sport.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rio Olympics 2016: The truly inspiring story of Sevens star Ellia Green". Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Ellia Green". rugby.com.au. Archived from the original on 7 August 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  4. ^ Nicholson, Larissa (28 November 2015). "From sprinting to rugby for Melbourne athlete". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 18 December 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Australia wins gold in women's rugby sevens". Sky News. 9 August 2016. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  6. ^ Newman, Beth (14 July 2016). "Rio Olympics: Australian Sevens teams announced". www.rugby.com.au. Archived from the original on 12 September 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Rio Olympics: Australia's men's and women's sevens squads unveiled". foxsports.com.au. 14 July 2016. Archived from the original on 29 October 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Rio 2016: Olympic squads named by Australia for rugby sevens debut at Games". ABC.net.au. 14 July 2016. Archived from the original on 18 September 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Australia's Olympic Sevens squads announced". Rugby News.net.au. 2016. Archived from the original on 21 December 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Australia name a mix of veterans, young guns for men's, women's Olympic sevens squads". ESPN.com.au. 15 July 2016. Archived from the original on 23 July 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Key players return as Australia name Olympic sevens squads". worldrugby.org. 2016. Archived from the original on 30 October 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2016.

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