Indigenous Rugby

The Australian Rugby Union’s (ARU) vision for reconciliation is to engage and work collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to foster positive relationships. Promote healthy lifestyles and create genuine opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through the great game of Rugby Union.

ARU’s commitment to reconciliation aligns with our core vision ‘to inspire all Australians to enjoy our great global game’ and is strengthened by our values: passion, integrity, discipline, respect and teamwork.

The ARU acknowledges and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures as the oldest living continuous culture in this world and pays respect to First Australians’ ongoing connection to the lands and waters of this country.


Artist: Taleena Simon, artwork represents the connection of the Australian Rugby Union Community including Member Unions, players, match officials, coaches and spectators.

Deadly 7s

The Deadly 7s Primary School program is ARU’s national program aligning rugby with school curriculum. Its designed specifically to provide the first tasted of rugby to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys and girls across Australia whilst also incorporating learning about Indigenous culture and history.

Program was developed in partnership with Aboriginal educators and community members to ensure all content is current and respectful of Indigenous culture. Deadly 7s 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.

For more information, visit the Deadly 7s Website.


Photo: Students from Matraville Soldiers Settlement Primary School meeting Wally and some Qantas Wallabies

Reconciliation Action Plan

The Australian Rugby Union are currently delivering their second Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and continually work on strengthening our commitment to reconciliation in Australia. Building sustainable Rugby programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and celebrating existing Indigenous Rugby initiatives are key components of making Rugby a game for all Australians.

Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team

Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team (LMRDT) is committed to promoting Rugby Union to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women. For more information on their programs and upcoming events click here.

Reconciliation Action Plan 2016-2018

Funding for Indigenous Players