#18: Ace Tiatia

Wellington College Rugby Star, 1994

In my first year at high school Ace Tiatia was the toughest and coolest guy in the whole place. He was the star of the First XV rugby team, the deputy head prefect (I think) and his older brother Filo played number 8 for Wellington (and later the All Blacks). Lucky for me, my dad and his mum were colleagues and I got the impression they were good friends at work.

One day my class was waiting outside our science room for our teacher to arrive when Ace strode over asked which one of us was Toby Morris. He shook my hand and told me in front of everyone that if anyone ever messed with me I should come tell him.

I never needed too, but for the rest of that year it felt pretty good knowing Ace Tiatia had my back.