Tamati Ellison

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Tamati Ellison
Full name Tamati Edward Ellison
Date of birth (1983-04-01) 1 April 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Wellington, New Zealand
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Weight 95 kg (14 st 13 lb)
School Mana College, Porirua
University Victoria University of Wellington
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Utility back, Second five-eighth
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2010– Ricoh Black Rams 29 (70)
correct as of 28 February 2014.
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Wellington Lions
correct as of 4 November 2012.
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
correct as of 13 July 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
New Zealand
Junior All Blacks
NZ Maori
NZ Sevens
NZ U-21
NZ U-19
4 (0)
correct as of 12 November 2012.
Tamati Ellison
Medal record
Competitor for  New Zealand
Men's Rugby
Commonwealth Games
Gold 2006 Melbourne Rugby 7's

Tamati Ellison (born 1 April 1983 in Wellington, New Zealand) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer who plays for the Rebels in Super Rugby and Otago in the ITM Cup.



Ellison made his debut for the Wellington Lions in the 2003 NPC final defeat against Auckland. He also captained the Lions during the 2007 Air New Zealand Cup, leading them to the final where they were once again defeated by Auckland. He was named as Wellington's Player of the Year for 2007.[1]

He made his Super Rugby debut in 2005 for the Blues after being called into their squad as an injury replacement and appearing as a substitute in their final match of the season against the New South Wales Waratahs. He made his Hurricanes debut in 2006 and went on to make 10 appearances that season, all coming from the bench. His run-on debut came against the Chiefs in 2007. He made his 50th Super Rugby appearance during the 2010 season.[1][2]

In March 2010, he confirmed he had activated a get-out clause in his NZRU contract to sign a three-year deal to play for the Ricoh Black Rams in the Top League. His agent reported that the deal was made in order to secure the financial future of Ellison's family.[3][4]

In 2011, it was confirmed that Ellison had signed with the Highlanders for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. In March 2013, it was announced that he had resigned for the Ricoh Black rams for the 2013–14 Top League season.

In September 2013, it was announced that Ellison had signed with the Rebels for the 2014 season,[5] reuniting with former team mates Telusa Veainu and Scott Fuglistaller.[6]


Ellison captained the Junior All Blacks to victory in the 2009 Pacific Nations Cup, a year after winning the 2008 edition as co-captain of the New Zealand Maori, alongside Liam Messam.[1][7]

He was chosen as one of four new caps for the All Blacks 2009 end of year tour to Europe and made his first test appearance in the 20–6 victory against Italy in Milan.[8][9]

As well as the All Blacks, Junior All Blacks and the New Zealand Maori, he played for the New Zealand Sevens, anf represented New Zealand at U-21 and U-19 levels. He was part of the New Zealand Sevens team that won a gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.[1][7][10]

Personal life[edit]


He is the grandson of All Black Vince Bevan, who played six tests for New Zealand between 1949–50, and son of rugby coach Eddie Ellison. He is the older brother of Jacob Ellison, who plays prop forward for the Hurricanes. He is related to former American Football player Riki Ellison who played in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Raiders and to current NFL player Rhett Ellison who plays for the Minnesota Vikings. He is also a descendent of Thomas Rangiwahia Ellison, captain of New Zealand's first official rugby team in 1893 and a member of the New Zealand Natives football team which toured Great Britain and Australia in 1888-89.[1][11][12]


In June 2011 he married Meremaraea Cowan at a vineyard in Martinborough. He first saw a picture of Meremaraea when he was a teenager at the home of his rugby coach, who also happened to be her uncle. Instead of wedding gifts they requested that guests donate to the Red Cross appeals for the Christchurch earthquake and the disaster in Japan. They have three children Vini, Tuura,[3][13] and Bella.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Tamati Ellison". Hurricanes Limited. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Hurricanes v Chiefs Match Preview". Hurricanes Limited. Retrieved 2 February 2007. 
  3. ^ a b Dando, Kris. "Home-grown All Black Tamati Ellison Japan-bound". Kapi-Mana News. Fairfax. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Japan-bound Ellison turns back on All Blacks". Yahoo! News Network. Retrieved 12 March 2008. 
  5. ^ "Rebels sign Tamati Ellison" (Press release). Melbourne Rebels. 6 September 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Tamati - I Want A Challenge" (Press release). Melbourne Rebels. 26 February 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Tamati Ellison named captain of Junior All Blacks". Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions. Retrieved 8 June 2009. 
  8. ^ "Tamati Ellison". ESPN. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "New Zealand tour 2009". ESPN. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "Rugby 7s". Commonwealth Games Federation. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "Tom Ellison". Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  12. ^ Knight, Lindsay. "Vince Bevan". New Zealand Rugby Museum. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  13. ^ Awarau, Aroha. "All Black Tamati Ellison's emotional big day". New Zealand Woman's Weekly. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 

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