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How the Redfern All Blacks Got Their Name (It’s Not What You Think)

Sol Bellear is a long time Redfern All Blacks player. He started with the team in 1967 and put on an All Blacks jersey for the first 20 years of the NSW Aboriginal Knock Out that began in 1971.

There aren’t many titles that Sol hasn’t held in his history with the Redfern All Blacks. He was a front and second rower, coached the team and held the position of President of the All Blacks for some 15 years. He no longer kicks around on the footy field but counts himself as a strong supporter of the club.

Away from the footy field Sol is the long serving Chairman of the Aboriginal Medical Service located in Redfern. He shares with Emma Lancaster how the Redfern All Blacks got their name – and it’s not what you think.