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Rugby great Mark Ella to champion Haval

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Rugby great Mark Ella has become the first brand ambassador for the Chinese brand Haval.

The Australian Rugby Immortal and International Hall of Fame member took delivery of his top of the range H9 SUV from Lansvale Haval on Friday.

Haval which produces a range of SUVs is part of Great Wall Motors that offers a range of utes for the Australian market.

“I’ve been impressed by the quality of Haval vehicles since I first saw one early last year. I have a soft spot for SUVs, so I was delighted when Haval approached me about being a brand ambassador,” he said.

Arguably Australia’s greatest rugby player, Ella enjoyed a short but stellar career that spanned 25 Tests between 1979 and 1984.

In 1982 he was named captain of the Wallabies, becoming the first Indigenous leader of an Australian national sporting team.

Ella starred in the famous 1984 tour of the UK and Ireland.

Mark Ella Haval

They became the first Australian team to secure a Grand Slam – winning against all four home nations – with Ella scoring a try in each of those famous wins.

Today the 57-year-old is is an executive producer and head of sport for NITV, Australia’s free to air Indigenous television station.

Ella was recognised nationally for his sporting prowess when he was named Young Australian of the Year in 1982 as well as being made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).