Eric Rush

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Eric Rush
Eric Rush.jpg
Rush in Fiji
Full name Eric James Rush
Date of birth (1965-02-11) 11 February 1965 (age 52)
Place of birth Kaeo, New Zealand
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 87 kg (13 st 10 lb)
School Tangaroa College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing
New Zealand No. 927
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1992–1996 New Zealand 9 (25)
Correct as of 9 March 2007
National team(s)
Years Team Comps
Medal record
Men's rugby
Representing  New Zealand
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 1998 Kuala Lumpur Rugby sevens
Gold medal – first place 2002 Manchester Rugby sevens
Rugby World Cup Sevens
Gold medal – first place 2001 Argentina Rugby sevens
Rugby World Cup
Silver medal – second place 1995 South Africa Rugby union

Eric James Rush (born 11 February 1965 in Kaeo) is a New Zealand former rugby union footballer and rugby sevens legend. His New Zealand Sevens career began in 1988 and ran until past his 39th birthday in 2004. Rush played in more than 60 tournaments, with the highlights being two Commonwealth Games gold medals and the World Cup Sevens victory in 2001. He was also voted Best and Fairest Player at the 1991 Hong Kong Sevens.

He was regarded as a pacy and skillful winger and also played for the All Blacks briefly until the emergence of Jonah Lomu effectively ended his All Blacks career. Lomu played a major role in the 2001 World Cup Sevens win, effectively filling in for Rush, who suffered a broken leg in New Zealand's last group match of that tournament.


Rush switched full-time to Rugby Sevens in 1999 to compete in the newly formed IRB international Sevens circuit. Rush helped NZ to win the first 6 versions of the World Sevens Series.

Over the course of 14 years, Rush regularly appeared for the New Zealand Sevens team at the Hong Kong Sevens and other Sevens tournaments, mostly as captain. In later years, he converted himself into a forward in the Sevens version, with the wing position given to his understudy Karl Te Nana.

In 15's rugby, Rush played first for Auckland Rugby Union then moved North to play for North Harbour at NPC level, where he blossomed.


On retiring from playing in 2005 he became assistant to New Zealand Sevens coach Gordon Tietjens.

In 2010 Rush became owner operator of the Browns Bay franchise of the New World Supermarket chain[1] and in February 2014 took over the New World store in Kaikohe.[2]

All Blacks Statistics[edit]

Tests: 9 (0 as Captain)
Games: 20 (0 as Captain)
Total Matches: 29 (0 as Captain)
Test Points: 25pts (5t, 0c, 0p, 0dg, 0m)
Game Points: 65pts (13t, 0c, 0p, 0dg, 0m)
Total Points: 90pts (18t, 0c, 0p, 0dg, 0m)


  1. ^ "Ex-All Blacks adapt to new world". The New Zealand Herald. 2010-06-11. Retrieved 2015-11-08. 
  2. ^ "Eric Rush takes over store". The Northern Advocate. 2014-02-13. Retrieved 2015-11-08. 

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