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The Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team was established in 1991 as a way to introduce rugby union to Indigenous male and female youth across Australia.

The Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team is the only Indigenous organisation that is recognised as the peak body for Indigenous participation in rugby union by the Australian Rugby Union and all affiliates. This is evidenced by the Team's participation in the ARU National Championships in a range of age groups and sexes.

The Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team provides educational opportunities for participants from regional and remote communities by assisting them to undertake educational scholarships at a number of private schools within Sydney and Regional areas. Students also participate in leadership courses.

Some notable players from the Redfern area who have participated in the Lloyd McDermott programs are:

  • Brendan Williams - Randwick Rugby - ACT Brumbies, NSW Waratahs, Australian U19's, U21's 7's and now playing for Bennetton in Italy
  • Willy Gordon - Randwick Rugby - ACT Brumbies, Australian Schoolboy's U19's, U21's 7's.
  • Nathan Merritt – played for Cronulla and recently returned to the Rabbitohs.

Since 1995, the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team has been heavily involved with the youth of Redfern/Waterloo and the Alexandria Park Community High School.

Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team expects to bring a minimum of 500 participants to the Centre on a yearly basis.

This Fact Sheet was part of the Media Kit at the Media Conference on 11 July 2006 to announce the ILC would proceed to purchase the former Redfern Public School site and establish a National Indigenous Development Centre.