Author: Bret Harris
Format: Kindle eBook
Number Of Pages: 324
Publisher: Random House Australia
Release Date: 01-05-2010
Details: The definitive authorised biography of a rugby legend.
This new biography of Mark Ella traces the inspirational life of one of Australia's greatest sporting champions from the squalor of an Aboriginal community in Sydney's La Perouse to international fame as a Wallaby and one of the best players ever to play rugby union.
Mark was raised among 12 children in a tumbledown shack and he attributes his extraordinary success to the influence of his parents, his family, and enlightened teachers and coaches who nurtured his amazing talent. Along with twin brother Glen and younger brother Gary, Mark virtually re-invented the game of rugby, playing an exciting brand of running rugby that thrilled crowds around the world.
The magical Ella brothers first became front page news when they starred on the 1977/78 Australian Schoolboys' undefeated tour of Japan and Europe. The "Invincibles" featured future Wallabies Michael Hawker, Tony Melrose, Chris Roche and Tony D'Arcy, dual international Michael O'Connor and rugby league legend Wally Lewis, who later described Mark as the best player he ever played with or against.
The Ellas joined the famous Randwick club in Sydney and played a key role in the Galloping Greens winning five consecutive premierships from 1978 to 1982. During this time all three Ellas graduated to representative rugby, playing for Sydney, NSW Waratahs and the Wallabies with Mark becoming Test captain in 1982. Mark was undoubtedly the star of the trio and earned 25 Test caps in a six-year international career from 1979 to 1984.
But when Alan Jones replaced Bob Dwyer as Wallabies coach in 1984 Mark lost the captaincy to Queenslander Andrew Slack. While he was no longer captain, Mark was the dominant influence on the Wallabies' historic Grand Slam tour of the UK and Ireland, scoring a try in each of the four Tests against England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland. Mark then stunned the world of rugby by re