One of the world's greatest Rugby 7's players...
Rugby Player

OTH, New Zealand

Eric Rush started his rugby career in Auckland as a loose forward, then transferred to North Harbour where he has remained ever since. He worked for seven years in corporate law before devoting himself full-time to his rugby career. He is currently director of a corporate training company specialising in team development. Eric has strong leadership skills and is one of New Zealand's most highly rated speakers. His topics include motivation, goal setting, leadership and teamwork. 

Brief History

  • He became a winger in 1992.
  • Eric was first picked as an All Black in 1992 and played 28 matches, including 9 tests.
  • He made his test debut at the World Cup in South Africa in 1995.
  • Eric is regarded in rugby circles as one of the world's greatest Rugby 7's players - he has been to Hong Kong thirteen times in succession and has captained the New Zealand 7's teams since 1993.
  • In 1998 once again Eric Rush led the team to a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.
  • In May 2000 he captained the New Zealand Seven's to win the inaugural IRB World Sevens Series, which involved 10 tournaments around the world, ahead of arch-rivals, Fiji.
  • In January 2001, he again captained the NZ sevens team to another victory - the World Cup rugby sevens title, in Argentina. Sadly, Eric was not able to participate in the final matches, as he had to return to New Zealand for surgery to his leg which was broken in one of the pool matches.
  • Eric has a great sporting record, including playing for the NZ Maoris since 1987.

·  He has also played for the NZ Touch Team and the Under-17 NZ volleyball team and he won the light heavyweight NZ amateur boxing title as a teenager.


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