Rugby: Brady Rush following in dad's footsteps after earnings All Blacks sevens contract

Brady Rush - son of All Blacks Sevens legend Eric Rush - is poised to follow in his father's footsteps, after earning an international contract for the 2021 season. 

Rush starred at December's Ignight7s, earning the Most Valuable Player award for the tournament, showcasing his pace and skill. 

That form has been rewarded with an All Blacks Sevens contract for the upcoming campaign and his new coach feels his mentality will stand him in good stead.

"Brady comes from a good pedigree of course," All Blacks Sevens coach Clark Laidlaw says. "He is relaxed off the field, but has a competitive edge on the field." 

Eric Rush had a long career in the black jersey that lasted 14 years and now his son will get the chance to prove sevens runs in the blood.  

Rush is one of three new caps in the national sevens squads with North Harbour's Moses Leo joining in the men's group and Waikato's Manaia Nuku added to the women, just six months out from the Tokyo Olympics. 

The sevens sides are currently in training, before their first scheduled competitions next month. The men face a series of matches against Tonga, while the women will play internally.

Plans are underway for an Oceania tournament, before the world series events currently scheduled for London and Paris in May and June.