Tamati Ellison – “Stand by Me”

1993.

The last of the amateur era Lions toured New Zealand, losing a tightly fought series 2-1. This video of the second test is well worth the watch – if only to see the tallest All Black, Mark Cooksley play for one of his 11 caps.

An England team featuring Dallaligo and Rodber won the inagural Melrose Cup, defeating Australia 21-17 in the Sevens World Cup.

But arguably one of the coolest feel good stories to come out of 1993, is captured in this video to promote the All Black Club. It features legends like Grant Fox, Inga “The Winger” Tuigamala, Michael Jones and Craig Dowd, and the nicest touch is that the young fella busking in the video, went on to become All Black 1099.

Tamati Ellison is a descendent of one of the original pioneers of New Zealand rugby. Thomas Rangiwahia Ellison, played for Poneke in Wellington, led the New Zealand Native Football team in 1888-1889, then went on to captain the first official New Zealand rugby team in 1893. He proposed the strip being the black jersey with silver fern logo, as well as being actively proposing that rugby players be paid the equivalent of their normal wages.

16 years after this video was made, Tamati went on to appear in his first All Black test, Italy in Milan.