Australian sevens star Ellia Green backflips on Broncos to join NZ Warriors


Ellia Green is set to play for the NZ Warriors in the women's NRL Premiership.

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Ellia Green is set to play for the NZ Warriors in the women’s NRL Premiership.

Australian sevens flyer Ellia Green has turned her back on the Brisbane Broncos to join the New Zealand Warriors.

The Sydney Morning Herald revealed last month Green and fellow sevens star Evania Pelite were set to join the Broncos but quarantine complications have caused a last-minute switch.

The pair did not want to spend two weeks in isolation north of the border and have decided to join the Warriors, who flew to Sydney earlier this month.

The Warriors women have followed the path of their men’s team and will set up camp in Narrabeen after exiting quarantine this weekend.

Just five Warriors women boarded the flight to Sydney a fortnight ago, leaving the club scrambling for players. That makes the signing of Green and Pelite even more significant, as they will be crucial to keeping the Warriors competitive.

Ellia Green of Australia scores a try during the 2020 Sevens tournament in Hamilton.

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Ellia Green of Australia scores a try during the 2020 Sevens tournament in Hamilton.

They will be coached by Jillaroos mentor Brad Donald, who has taken the job as head coach in a caretaker capacity. Donald will recruit the rest of the Warriors squad from the NSW Premiership and Queensland’s Holcim Cup.

The club is set to reveal its star signings in the coming days.

Green and Pelite’s sevens teammate – Charlotte Caslick – is expected to join the Roosters but is not among a provisional list of players provided to League Central.