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The Rugby Bricks Podcast

Feb 18, 2020

Tamati Ellison is a rugby union player who has played rugby across all forms of the union code.

He was chosen as one of four new caps for the All Blacks 2009 end of year tour to Europe. As well as the All Blacks, Junior All Blacks and the New Zealand Maori, he played for the New Zealand Sevens and was a part of the New Zealand Sevens team that won a gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. 

In this episode, Tamati shares: 

  • What it's like to grow up in a low socio-economic environment and gather information and create the All Black dream 

  • Tamati's experiences with legendary All Black 7's coach Gordon Tietjens through to working with All Black coaches Graham Henry and Steve Hansen 

  • How to incorporate gratitude into your everyday life as a player and professional 

  • How to make learning a lifelong priority 

This episode is one of the best we've had in terms of balancing a world-class playing career with what it takes to be a world-class learner and human being. 

Tamati's story, gratitude and willingness to learn is second to none so make sure you look for the nuggets in this episode in how you can take Tamati's knowledge and apply it to your own life.