Ella magic is coming back to Coffs Coast

THE Ella Rugby Sevens returns to Coffs Harbour in March and will provide the first step on a pathway to the National Indigenous Sevens team.

Twenty four men and 12 women will be selected for the Byron Bay Sevens and from there, men will be eligible for the National Sevens squad heading to the Pacific Board Championships in Papua New Guinea during November, while the women will form a National XV for future events.

First held locally last year at BCU International Stadium, the inaugural tournament proved such a hit that Coffs Harbour has been allocated the event for a four-year term.

Spokesperson Tom Evans said the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team had committed to holding the Ella Sevens annually.

“We have a selection process to enter a team into future International Rugby Board (IRB) second tier endorsed tournaments,” he announced.

“For indigenous rugby to be competitive at this level and contribute to mainstream rugby there must be an avenue for younger players to participate and develop their Sevens skills.”

Set down for Saturday, March 1, the Ella Sevens will distribute $7500 to the men's division winner with $2500 for the women's victor.

Already, the draw is exactly half complete with 12 (of 24) men's teams confirmed and six (of 12) women's teams registered.

To express team interest, email tom.evans@rugby.com.au including team name, name of contact person, address, phone number and return email address.

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