THE VERSATILE Tamati Ellison has filled every backline position except halfback throughout his career and has considerable experience in the black jersey playing matches as well for the Junior All Blacks and New Zealand Maori.
After making his All Blacks debut, Tamati spent the next two seasons in Japan and has returned hungry to re-establish himself in New Zealand rugby.
His grandfather was an All Black and he is a descendant of Tom Ellison, the 1893 All Blacks captain and the man who proposed the idea that the New Zealand national rugby team should wear black.
Ellison made his New Zealand Maori debut at the 2007 Churchill Cup tournament in England and a year later was named Co-captain of the side for the Pacific Nations Cup.
A versatile player who can play first-five, midfield or fullback, Ellison has represented the Junior All Blacks and New Zealand at Under 19 and 21 level. Not only has he excelled in fifteens, but in 2006 he was a member of the New Zealand side that won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. He is affiliated to the Ngati Porou iwi.
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