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Eric Rush
New Zealand
Full name Eric James Rush
Born February 11, 1965, Auckland
Current age 49 years 314 days
Major teams Barbarians, New Zealand Maori, New Zealand
Position Wing
Height 6 ft 0 in
Weight 189 lb

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 1995-1996 9 5 4 25 5 0 0 0 8 1 0 88.88
Bledisloe Cup 1996-1996 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 100.00
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

Career statistics
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
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Profile

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.

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Jun 7, 2003
New Zealand captain Eric Rush lifts the 2003 IRB Sevens trophy
New Zealand captain Eric Rush lifts the 2003 IRB Sevens trophy
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