Ellia Green is a name any rugby fan would know, especially her killer hat tricks and try-scoring game style.
The former try-scoring machine of the Australian women’s 7s shocked the world when her then-coach chose not to select her for the gold medal defense in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
A decision that may have cost them a podium finish.
Green recently talked about her trauma from watching her mother endure an abusive relationship.
In the interview with an Australian news program, the sevens star held back tears as she told her story.
The physical abuse her mother suffered, was something that stayed with the 29-year-old rugby player her whole life.
“I found my perfect sport because I could unleash my anger,” Green said in the interview.
“Every time I carry the ball, I literally just think of everything that’s hurt me.”
Green retired from rugby late last year and is now a mother to a little girl, possibly a future “green machine” herself.
“There was one situation where he had [their mother] in a choke-hold and he was going to hit her with a brick,” they said.
“I was holding my Mum’s hand and I said, ‘Hit me, just do it, do it.’ And he wouldn’t do it.”
“We ran away … I was finishing year 7 when my Mum decided we had to leave,” they said.
“It was all very secretive, I had no idea what was going on at the time; all I knew was that we were running scared. But I knew that it was going to be a different life. That’s where I decided to take up rugby.”
Despite Green’s difficult childhood, she was still able to accomplish so much in her life.
The Australian women’s 7s have been a force in the 2022 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, winning three out of four tournaments.
Fans are anticipating an epic battle against their Pacific neighbors, the New Zealand Black Ferns this April in Singapore.
New Zealand has not played in the World Series yet due to Covid-19 restrictions but is said to be making their return in Asia next month.