Career:    1978-1985
Position:   Fly Half

Career Summary:

  • 25 Tests for Australia - 10 Tests as Captain
  • Young Australian of the Year 1982
  • Order of Australia 1983
  • Represented NSW & Randwick
  • Recognised by several notable legends as "the greatest player ever"
  • International Rugby Hall of Fame

The name Mark Ella is synonymous with international rugby union. One of Australia's all time greats, Mark was a sublimely gifted fly-half who could run, pass and kick with equal aplomb. He and his two brothers Gary and Glen learned their rugby in the backyard of their Sydney home, and all three would go on to represent Australia at full international level 25 times , 10 as captain. Mark achieved a remarkable first by scoring a try in every test match in the Wallabies Grand Slam of the UK in 1984. He then stunned the rugby world by retiring from the game at just 25, turning down numerous big money offers from the rival code in the process.