First Nations

The history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Rugby player who represented the Wallabies.

EllaThe Wallabies have been proudly represented by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples over the history of the sport, leaving a lasting legacy for many young First Nations kids to aspire to.

Here is a list of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders players in order of debut.

First Nations Wallabies Players

Wallaby #321 Cecil Ramalli

2 Test caps in 1938 as a scrumhalf. Born in Moree, the son of an Afghan camel driver who changed his surname fom Ali Ram to Ramalli and an aboriginal woman from Mungindi. He did not identify as Aboriginal until late in life.

Wallaby #470 Lloyd McDermott

A proud Wakka Wakka man from central Queensland. 2 Tests for the Wallabies as a winger, after making his Test debut in 1962. Also holds the honour of being Australia's first Indigenous barrister. Has degrees in Science and Criminology, and has done extensive work in the area of mental health. No one has done more to advance indigenous youth and Indigenous Rugby in Australia.

Wallaby #616, #621, #625 The Ella Brothers

The Ella Brothers, Mark^, Glen and Garry come from the Yuin nation on the far south coast of NSW. Gary played 6 Tests (fullback) Glen played 4 Tests (centre) Mark played 25 Tests (flyhalf) with 10 of those as Captain. There is hardly a more famous sporting family in Australia. The boys’ sister Marcia was also an Australian representative netballer. Mark Ella is still regarded as the best to have ever played the game. The three brothers dominated the early 80's with Randwick, NSW and Australia.

Wallaby #671 Lloyd Walker

Born in Sydney and another prodigious talent olut of Matraville High School. Home of the Ellas. Played 8 Tests for the Wallabies, after making his debut in 1988. Known as the "the big fellow" he was a powerful inside centre with extraordinary ball skills. Played 26 matches for NSW and an incredible 10 Grand Finals with Randwick.

Wallaby #753 Jim Williams

Born in Young, New South Wales. Descendents of his Burrowmunditory clan still live in the region. A strong running backrower who played 14 Tests, after making his debut in 1999. Earned 41 Super Rugby caps, playing all but one with the Brumbies where he won the 2001 Super Rugby title. Later became an Assistant Coach with the Wallabies.

Wallaby #763 Andrew Walker

Born in Bomaderry near Nowra, NSW and is part of the Wiradjuri nation. Freakish talent who played 7 Tests for the Wallabies, after making his debut in 2000. Played 47 Super Rugby matches with Brumbies and Reds, wining a Super Rugby title with the Brumbies in 2001. A natural footballer, he also played first grade Rugby League for the Roosters and Dragons.

Wallaby #773 Wendell Sailor

Indigenous Australian Torres Strait Islander. Born and Grew up with adopted parents in Sarina, Queensland. Dual international winger who played 37 Tests for the Wallabies after switching from the Broncos. Played 16 Rugby League Tests for Australia and played for Queensland in both codes, plus had one Super Rugby season with the Waratahs.

Wallaby #827 Timanu Tahu

Another successful Rugby League convert - born in Melbourne of a New Zealand Māori father and an Australian Aboriginal mother. Grew up in St. Kilda, Victoria and then Bourke, NSW. His mother hails from Wilcannia and so he's a Barkindji man. Try-scoring centre who played 4 Tests after debuting in 2008, as well as 20 Super Rugby matches for the Waratahs.

Wallaby #836 Kurtley Beale*

Born in Blacktown. Identifies as a Darug man, with his mother hailing from the Kamilaroi tribe. He is the only current First Nations player in the Wallabies squad. He is a Super Rugby centurion with the Waratahs and enjoyed a brief stint with the Melbourne Rebels. Touted from a very early age as a future star, he has lived up to early comparisons with the Ella brothers. One of the most versatile backs in world Rugby, who can cover a range of positions.

Wallaby #840-846 The Faingaa Twins

The Faingaa twins, Sia'a and Anthony of Tongan and Aboriginal descent were born in Queanbeyan, New South Wales and schooled at St Edmunds College. Saia debuted one month before his brother Anthony in 2010. Saia owns 36 Test caps, while Anthony amassed 23 Tests for the Wallabies. Saia played in 128 Super Rugby matches including 99 with the Reds. Anthony racked up 93 caps with Reds and Brumbies. Equally known for their off-field endeavours and support of various charities as they are for their on-field achievements.

Wallaby #841 Matt Hodgson

High workrate backrower born in Sydney, and started his Rugby in Avoca on the Central Coast. Played 11 Tests for the Wallabies, after making his debut in 2010. All 140 of his Super Rugby matches were for the Force, where he retired at the end of the 2017 season. Now calls Perth home.

*Still actively playing and most capped.

^Wallaby Captain

First Nations Wallaroos Players

  • Mahalia Murphy

First Nations Mens Sevens Players

The list incorporates the following World Rugby-sanctioned global tournaments and events: Sevens World Series, RWC Sevens, Commonwealth Games, Olympic Games

Events not included in this are Hong Kong Sevens invitational tournaments prior to 1999 (apart from RWC Sevens 1997) and Oceania Rugby Sevens tournamentsWhen two or more players have made their debut in the same tournament, the players will be listed in alphabetical order.Using this criteria, below are the list of players.

  • Jim Williams
  • Brendan Williams
  • Shane Drahm
  • Willie Gordon
  • Wendell Sailor
  • Milton Thaiday
  • Arthur Little
  • Lenny Beckett
  • Matt Hodgson
  • Tim Cornforth
  • Anthony Faingaa
  • Andrew Walker
  • Clinton Sills
  • Shannon Walker
  • John Porch
  • Dylan Pietsch
  • Maurice Longbottom
  • Tristan Reilly
  • Harrison Goddard

 First Nations Womens Sevens Players

  • Bo Dela Cruise
  • Tanisha Stanton
  • Taleena Simon
  • Mahalia Murphy
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