Ella: The Definitive Biography
"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
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