Former Captain of the World Champion New Zealand Sevens team and former All Black.
Eric has balanced his distinguished and highly successful rugby career with goals off the field. He completed a Bachelor of Law degree and was admitted to the Bar as a Barrister. He worked for seven years in Corporate Law before devoting himself full time to his rugby career. At the same time, he has continued to pursue other business interests and investments. Eric has strong leadership skills and is a highly rated speaker.
Eric 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.
He 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 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.
His prowess on the speaking circuit is well known and he is arguably one of the best rugby speakers in the world. Eric is also an extremely proficient and entertaining Master of Ceremonies and would be a welcome addition to any function.
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"Eric Rush was great. The audience loved him. Great entertainment, just what we were looking for!" Dexcel Limited
"He is a legend. Really motivated them, the highlight of the whole event. Exceptionally good." The Extra Mile Company