Indigenous Programs



Deadly7s the Australian Rugby Union’s (ARU) national program aligning rugby with the school curriculum. It’s designed specifically to provide the first taste of rugby to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary school boys and girls across Australia.

The program material has been developed in partnership with Aboriginal educators and community members to ensure all content is current and respectful of Indigenous culture. It is also directly aligned to the current PDHPE syllabus.

The Deadly7s program is focused on promoting the importance of attending school and gaining a good quality education. It also educates the boys and girls on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, teamwork and connecting with their culture.

It is a free, five-week program that can be taught before, during or after school throughout each school term.

The program applies to all students in schools which have a 20% indigenous student enrollment rate, and is open to all students at the school.

Deadly 7s Delivery

  • Delivered at no cost to participating schools
  • Separate to Sporting School funding, therefore will not impact on any current activities through this funding scheme
  • All deliverers are ARU accredited, fully trained and have a current Working with Children’s Check
  • Free Deadly7s cap & wristband at the Carnival
  • Five-week program designed for any term, consisting of three delivery components:

CLASSROOM (Optional)

  • Lesson plans, teacher resources and worksheets are all provided to the school by ARU
  • There are a total of 5 lesson plans which each take approximately one hour to deliver
  • Content links directly to the PDHPE syllabus
  • Key messages include the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, Indigenous history, social inclusion and the promotion of Indigenous sporting heroes


  • Opportunity for kids to get active out of the classroom, ideally delivered outdoors
  • Rugby development officers paid for and supplied by Tasmanian Rugby will come into the school to deliver this element (all have current WWCC)
  • All material, including balls, is supplied


  • Taking the skills developed through the field content, kids will take part in the final interschool carnival playing the modified, non-tackling version of the new Olympic sport, called VIVA7s (
  • This will increase parental and community engagement with the school and the students schooling
  • Carnival is supervised and run by Tasmanian Rugby Development Officers

For more information please visit the Deadly7s website, or contact us


Lloydies logo


The Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team – or ‘Lloydies’ as it is known- was founded more than 20 years ago with a mission to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in Rugby.

Since then it has evolved to include the popular Ella Sevens Tournaments in Coffs Harbour, Cairns and Brisbane, youth sevens rugby programs, strong women’s and men’s national teams, a schoolgirls development camp in Alice Springs, men’s touring teams who travel the world and a local club- the Eora Warriors for disadvantaged U8s and U12s based out of the NCIE in Redfern.

The mission of all the programs is to use Rugby as a tool to provide opportunities and education to enrich the lives of young Indigenous males and females.

Lloyd McDermott himself was by no means an ordinary Rugby Union player. He was the first Aboriginal player to represent his country. Pride was close to, if not the most, admirable characteristic of McDermott as a player. In 1962, as winger for the Wallabies, he made his pride in his Aboriginality clear to everyone in Australia by opting not to play as an ‘honorary white’ on the South African tour. Lloyd McDermott was a man of iconic strength. He is also noted as the first Aboriginal barrister.

The Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team was established with the goal of introducing Rugby Union to young Indigenous men and women across Australia in hopes of coupling athletics with academics. It is Lloyd McDermott’s ability to combine sport and education which is at the essence of what the organisation stands for and it is the reason why the organisation bears his name.

If you would like to be involved in any of these programs or be considered for selection in a Lloydies team, please visit the website or contact us.





The marquee event for the Indigenous Sevens Rugby is the Ella 7’s. Named after the famed Ella Brothers- Gary, Glen and Mark- who played for the Wallabies during the 80’s, this tournament is getting bigger and better each year.

In October 2014 the Ella 7’s brand expanded to include a Universities Ella 7’s tournament held at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence in Redfern, Sydney. The tournament was a new form of the game being trialed- Non Contact 7’s, which allows an easy introduction to Rugby and also enables men and women to play on the same team.

In 2018 the Ella 7s will be held on 2nd – 3rd March in Coffs Harbour. For further information please visit the website. If you would like support from Rugby Tasmania to enter a team please contact us.