The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union has named New
Zealand sevens specialist Eric Rush as the fourth member of its
all-time international team, ‘The Hong Kong Magnificent Seven’.
a glittering sevens career, Rush, alongside Fiji’s Waisale Serevi,
was the face of the Hong Kong Sevens throughout the 1990s, playing
in Hong Kong on an amazing 16 occasions and claiming the cup on
nearly one-third of those outings.
His five tournament wins in
Hong Kong include a purple patch of three straight Hong Kong
Sevens titles from 1994 to 1996 as well as victories in 1989 and
He won the Leslie Williams Award for the Best &
Fairest Player of the Hong Kong Sevens in 1991.
Overshadowing his nine test caps for the All Blacks and
participation in nearly 30 matches with New Zealand, Eric Rush’s
reputation as a rugby great is built on his career as one of the
world’s foremost practitioners of modern sevens. Rush played in
nearly 60 international sevens tournaments, and helped New Zealand
win gold at the Commonwealth Games in 1998 and 2002 and at the
2001 Rugby World Cup Sevens.
With pace to burn,
superb conditioning and unique pitch vision arising from his
fifteen-aside experience as both a flanker and a wing, Rush
brought an exceptional level of leadership to the New Zealand
Sevens teams as a captain, helping to maintain New Zealand’s
commitment to excellence through several generations of players.
Rush also distinguished himself as a member of the New
Zealand Maori sides, playing in the 1988 tour of France and
Argentina and in a total of 14 matches to 1991. After his move to
the wing in 1992, Rush represented the New Zealand Maori on
another 14 occasions including a fixture against the British &
Irish Lions in 1993.
A qualified lawyer, Rush’s
natural wit, intelligence and bright personality has seen him in
high demand as an after-dinner speaker and in rugby circles he is
nearly as well regarded for his role officiating the Hong Kong
Sevens Long Lunch as for his exploits on the pitch at the Hong
Rush's sevens fame has seen him
acclaimed as an international star and over many seasons Rush has
been invited to play for the British Barbarians in high profile
festival games in the United Kingdom.
Rush will no
doubt go down as one of the seminal players in sevens rugby and
Hong Kong Sevens history and his inclusion in ‘The Hong Kong
Magnificent Seven’ was always assured.
The Hong Kong Magnificent Seven
‘The Hong Kong Magnificent Seven’ campaign is part of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union’s
celebration of 40 Years of Sevens in Hong Kong surrounding the
2015 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.
The HKRFU is
announcing its top seven international players to have taken the
pitch at the Hong Kong Stadium in So Kon Po over the past
An additional player is revealed each
week in the build-up to the Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens
from 27 to 29 March 2015 when the entire Magnificent Seven will be
assembled on the pitch that they helped make synonymous with
world-class sevens to the approbation of the 40,000 strong crowd.
Pictures from the 2014 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.
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