Full name Eric James Rush
Born February 11, 1965, Otahuhu
Current age 52 years 75 days
Major teams Barbarians, New Zealand Maori, New Zealand
Height 6 ft 0 in
Weight 189 lb
|IRB Rugby World Cup||1995-1995||2||1||1||15||3||0||0||0||2||0||0||100.00|
|The Rugby Championship||1996-1996||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||100.00|
|Test debut||New Zealand v Wales at Johannesburg, May 31, 1995 match details|
|Last Test||New Zealand v South Africa at Christchurch, Jul 20, 1996 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
Eric Rush was capped nine times by the All Blacks but it is for his exploits in Sevens rugby that he is so fondly remembered.
He had been a flanker in his youth but was switched to the wing in 1992, at the age of 27, at the behest of North Harbour coach Peter Thorburn. It was a shrewd move and Rush excelled out wide.
He made his All Blacks debut three years later and eventually earned nine caps for his country. However, the emergence of Jonah Lomu effectively ended his fledgling international career.
In the shortened version of the game, though, Rush became a legend. After leading New Zealand to gold in the inaugural Sevens event in the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Malaysia, he became a full-time Sevens player in 1999 with the advent of the IRB Sevens World Series and he went on to inspire New Zealand to further tournament wins in the 2001 World Cup (despite breaking his leg during that particular competition) and the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
A qualified lawyer, he eventually retired in 2004 at the age of 39. He remains a very popular figure within New Zealand rugby and is a respected after-dinner speaker.