Australia: Wallabies and England to compete for new Ella-Mobbs Cup

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The Wallabies and England will be competing for the Ella-Mobbs Cup when they face off in their three-Test series in Australia during July.

Rugby Australia (RA) and the Rugby Football Union (RFU) have formally confirmed the naming of the cup which honours two iconic former players from Australia and England, Mark Ella and Edgar Mobbs.

Rich history celebrated

The decision was made to celebrate the rich history between these countries which goes back to 1909 when they faced each other for the first time.

Ella is celebrated as one of the game’s most gifted players who was the Wallabies‘ first Indigenous captain and a key player on their Grand Slam tour in 1984.

Mobbs, meanwhile, scored the only try in the first encounter between the countries which Australia won 9-3 in Blackheath, England. He went on to captain his country in 1910 before being killed in action during the third Battle of Ypres, while serving his country in the First World War.

“Rugby Australia and the Rugby Football Union are proud to introduce a new trophy that, we believe, is an outstanding representation of the Rugby histories of both nations,” RA CEO Andy Marinos said in a statement.

“Australia and England first played against each other over 113 years ago – when we looked at this extraordinarily long and proud Rugby history, it was logical that our trophy should represent and celebrate that history.

“Mark Ella is one of the most famous and loved Australian Rugby players – both in terms of his success, and the way that he played the game… He is loved for his enterprising and dynamic style, and the unbridled joy that he gave Rugby fans who had the privilege of watching him.

“We are thrilled to be able to further acknowledge the contribution that Mark Ella has made to our sport in Australia.”

The cup was designed to incorporate elements of Ella and Mobbs’ families, heritages and culture.

The trophy features elements and materials significant to the Ella family from the Yuin nation on the south coast of New South Wales as well as Northamptonshire, where Mobbs and his family lived.

Narooma artist Natalie Bateman designed the Ella-Mobbs Cup which is set to be unveiled on July 1, just a day before the first Test in Perth.

“This trophy represents the historic rivalry and respect between England and Australia, recognising two players who have contributed to both this fixture and each of our nations’ histories,” said RFU CEO Bill Sweeney added.

“Edgar Mobbs was a great player for club and country, captaining Northampton for six years, gaining 234 caps as well as seven caps for England – his try-scoring debut being against Australia. However, today Mobbs is known as much for his heroic bravery as he is for his rugby prowess.

“Having been told he was too old to serve in World War One, he set up his own company, recruiting 264 to serve with him. After sadly losing his life in battle in 1917, the Edgar Mobbs Memorial Match was established to recognise his service to rugby and his country. This fixture was first played in 1921 and still takes place today.

“This trophy not only represents the history of this fixture, but also the enduring legacy that role models can have in our sport. We could not be prouder to play for the Ella-Mobbs Cup.”

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