Mark led an outstanding rugby union career before making the successful transition to coach, leading the Australian Sevens to a bronze medal in the 1998 Commonwealth Games. Named Young Australian of the Year, and a Member of the Order of Australia, Mark has also been inducted into the Australian Sports Hall of Fame and the International Rugby Hall of Fame Inaugural XV.
Former Australian Rugby Union Captain
The name Ella is synonymous with Rugby Union. Mark Ella played for Sydney, New South Wales and represented Australia 25 times, and Captained 10 sides. His profile and reputation precede him wherever he travels.
In 1998 Mark was selected coach of Australian Sevens Team to represent at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur winning a Bronze medal.
With achievements such as, 'Young Australian of The Year' and the honour of being awarded 'Member of the Order of Australia Medal'. Mark has also been inducted into the 'Australian Sports Hall of Fame' and the 'International Rugby Hall of Fame'.
As well as his great successes on the field, Mark has also achieved great heights in the corporate world. Among his credits include being the Marketing Manager of the Australian Rugby Union, Sponsorship Director of DDB Needham and currently a Director of Horton Ella Communications.
Mark has been on numerous boards including HM Bark Endeavour Foundation, School Sports 2000 Foundation, Australian Legends Rugby Club, Rio Tinto Aboriginal Foundation, NSW Police Citizens Youth Clubs, Stadium Australia Management and the Australian Citizenship Council.
Mark Ellla is truly one of the best rugby players in the world and is certainly one of the legends and gentleman of the game.