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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Matt Burke career recap and testimonial

Matt Burke career recap and testimonial

A week ago, upon the announcement of his retirement, we featured a classic try by legendary Wallaby fullback Matt Burke. This week we thought it would be nice to follow up with this interesting snippet off the show Total Rugby.

We get to see Burke and his Newcastle teamates at his testimonial cricket match, against the Western Force believe it or not. As on the rugby field, Burke oozes class in everything he does, and delivers a lovely square cut for four, but is then unfortunately caught out when going for the big one.

The clip gives great insight into how he came up through the ranks, starting with Rugby Sevens alongside greats such as Campese and Lynagh. His rise to the Waratahs and the Wallabies followed shortly, and we get to hear from the man himself as he talks us through those special moments in his career.

Playing in Newcastle for the past few years, Burke touches on his struggles with understanding the Geordie accent, and reflects on his time in the game he loves, and how being paid for it was simply a bonus.

Oh, and he did take a wicket in the cricket too, as his gentle doddle of an offspinner bamboozled the Force batsman into thinking he could knock him out the park.

Time: 04:54

Posted by Rugbydump at 2:18 pm | View Comments (7)

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mitch September 02, 2008 3:55 pm

what a player

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Anonymous September 02, 2008 7:28 pm

Pure class player not many like him. Same mould as Percy, no drama they just get on with thier games.

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sacricketer September 02, 2008 9:38 pm


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Chris, syd Aust September 03, 2008 6:00 am

absolute legend!i still have a poster at my parents house with a morphed matt burke with big arc angle wings in his back and him perched on the cross bar of the goal post with words below"So you beat the line of defence - now say hello to the fullback"

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FrankyH September 03, 2008 4:41 pm

Genuine legend of the game. Seems like such a good, honest down to earth bloke too.

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Charlie September 04, 2008 2:16 pm

he is a king in every sense! its just a shame how injury can take such a horrible turn...hope him all the best back at the tahs

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