It was an Ella of a day for rugby
SPECTATORS played ‘spot the star’ at the Ella Rugby Sevens played at BCU International Stadium on Saturday.
Wallabies coach Robbie Deans and assistant Jim Williams were interested bystanders as they trawled for the big names of the future and were joined by National Sevens coach Michael O’Connor, the former dual international and State Of Origin legend.
“There’s every chance fresh, exciting talent will emerge,” O’Connor said.
Among the well-known players on the field were Nathan ‘Tingha’ Blacklock, former Waratah fullback Milton Thaiday and another famous ex-fullback, Davis Peachey.
The one-time Cronulla Sharks custodian has become a familiar face in local sporting circles in recent months and played rugby league for Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo against Australian Army Thunder last month.
In total, 32 men and 11 women’s teams nominated for this year’s tournament.
Among the best clashes were those featuring a Young Guns side against the New South Wales Police and a speed feast provided by Redfern and La Perouse.
A large contingent of local junior players contributed to the gala by performing ball boy duties.