Eric Rush

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.

Eric Rush
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Rush in Fiji
Birth nameEric James Rush
Date of birth (1965-02-11) 11 February 1965 (age 55)
Place of birthKaeo, New Zealand
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight87 kg (13 st 10 lb; 192 lb)
SchoolTangaroa College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing
All Black No. 927
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
  North Harbour - ((-))
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1992–1996 New Zealand 9 (25)
Correct as of 9 March 2007
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
  New Zealand

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 New Zealand to win the first six editions 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 was converted 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] On 17 September 2017 Rush took over ownership of New World, Regent in Whangarei.

All Blacks StatisticsEdit

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. 11 June 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Eric Rush takes over store". The Northern Advocate. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2015.

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