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Brady Rush, son of Eric Rush, has signed a contract with All Blacks Sevens.
Rise star Seven Brady Rush has just secured a contract to join the All Blacks Sevens this year, following in the footsteps of his famous father.
Eric Rush played for All Blacks Sevens for 14 years traveling the world from the sidelines. The younger Rush will now have the opportunity to prove that the top Sevens is really in his blood.
The Northland wing is one of three new signatures for the All Blacks and Black Ferns Sevens, along with Moses Leo and Waikato Manaia Nuku of North Harbor, six months after the Tokyo Olympics.
All three players stood out in the December Red Bull Ignight7, with Rush being named the tournament’s MVP, Leo claimed to be the player of the tournament, while Nuku was also nominated for a Players ’Player Award.
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All Blacks coach seven Clark Laidlaw said Rush and Leo can be experts on sevens.
“Brady of course comes from a good pedigree; he is relaxed off the field, but has a competitive advantage on the field, ”he said.
“Moses has real resilience; he has gone through several difficult years with injuries but is a dynamic attacking player. They are both great people and they fit in right away. “
Rush made his debut for Northland in the Mithra 10 Cup 2020 against Otago, while Moses Leo was included in the wider North Harbor team last season.
They replace Jacob Ratumaituvuki-Kneepkens who signed with the Blues and Joe Ravouvou who signed a contract in France last year.
In the Black Ferns team, Hamilton high school student for girls, Manaia Nuku, joins school former students Shiray Kaka, Teniki Willison, Terini Te Tamaki and Jazmin Hotham.
Nuku had an impressive 2020, making her Farah Palmer Cup debut for Waikato, and in December she was the seven-time headmaster of New Zealand’s Condor Schools at World School Severs.
Black Ferns Sevens coaches Allan Bunting and Cory Sweeney are bringing Nuku to an established team, with 20 of the 21 players having international experience.
“Manaia is a smart young player with exciting talent. He has a great instinct and a strong set of skills, so we are really looking forward to seeing him grow in our team, ”said Sweeney.
He will replace Kayla Ahki, who returned to France last year to be with his family.
Both teams are heading to training in preparation for their first competitions of the year, held in Tauranga in February.
All Blacks Sevens will play a series of matches against Tonga, and Black Ferns Sevens internal matches.
Plans are underway for a tournament in Oceania ahead of World Series events currently scheduled in London and Paris in May and June, ahead of the Tokyo Olympics scheduled for July.
IN THE END
Composition All Blacks Sevens
Kurt Baker Hawke’s Bay
Dylan Collier Waikato
Scott Curry Bay of Abundance
Sam Dickson Bay of Abundance
Trael Joass Bay of Abundance
Andrew Knewstubb Canterbury
Vilimoni Koroi Otago
Moses Leo North Harbor
McGarvey-Black North Harbor
Tim Mikkelson Waikato
Zion County Molia Manukau
Tone Ng Shiu Auckland
Attention Nicole Southland
County of Aquila Rokolisoa Manukau
Brady Rush Northland
Ollie Sapsford Hawke Bay
Kitiona Vai Auckland
William Warbrick Bay of Abundance
Bay of Abundance Regan Ware
Joe Webber’s Bay of Abundance
Composition of black ferns
Shakira Baker Waikato
Michaela Blyde Bay of Abundance
Kelly Brazier Bay of Abundance
Gayle Broughton Taranaki
Dhys Faleafaga Wellington
Theresa Fitzpatrick Auckland
Stacey Fluhler Waikato
Sarah Hirini Manawatu
Jazmin Hotham Waikato
Shiray Kaka Waikato
Tyla Nathan-Wong Northland
Manaia Nuku Waikato
Poor Paul Bay of Plenty
Risaleeana Pouri-Lane Bay of Abundance
Cheyelle Robins-Reti Waikato
Bay of Abundance Alena Saili
Terina Te Tamaki Waikato
Ruby Tui Manukau County
Niall Williams Auckland
Tenika Willison Waikato
Portia Woodman Northland