Eric Rush started first-class rugby with Auckland as an explosive flanker with more pace than most backs. After transferring to North Harbour he got more regular match play and was switched to the backs in 1992.
Eric played 29 games for the All Blacks between 1992 and 1996 (including 9 test matches). His playing career included over 200 first class matches in which he scored over 100 tries.
He was one of the world's foremost Sevens rugby players. He represented New Zealand at Sevens for 17 years and captained them to a Gold Medal victory at the 1998 Commonwealth Games at Kuala Lumpur, the World Sevens Series Title for 6 consecutive years, Sevens World Cup championship in 2001, and the Gold Medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
As well as Rugby Union & Sevens Eric Rush has represented New Zealand at touch rugby, was in the New Zealand U-17 representative volleyball team, and won a light-heavyweight New Zealand boxing title whilst still at school.
Eric attained the Bachelor of Laws degree, and was admitted to the bar as Barrister, with 8 years of corporate legal experience. He has recently been accepted into the Owner/Operator training scheme with the Foodstuffs group and hopes to run his own supermarket one day.
Eric Rush's Career Highlights
- Played 200 First Class games of rugby, scoring 108 first class tries.
- Auckland Rugby Representative 1986-1990.
- North Harbour Rugby Representative 1991-2000.
- NZ Maori All Blacks 1987-1998.
- NZ All Black 1992 - 1996 (29 games incl 9 test matches).
- NZ Sevens 1988-2005
Eric Rush was not only entertaining but a genuine "nice guy". He had our team of sales managers running around the Christchurch football club doing things they probably believed they were no ... keep readingt capable of until today. Apart from the very practical team building exercises, his stories about his personal life and family were enlightening and entertaining. He is a great down to earth comedian and is able to demonstrate this talent well. Our guys (and one gal) will always remember their afternoon with "Rushie". Isuzu Australia Limited
One of the best speakers I've booked/seen in 10 years. Thank you.