Matt Burke



Matthew Burke (born 26 March 1973) is an Australian former international rugby union player and current sports presenter on Sydneys Ten Eyewitness News. He was considered to be the best rugby fullback in the world by some commentators during an era of Australian success in the late 1990s and early 2000s, ahead of notable contemporaries such as New Zealand All Blacks fullback Christian Cullen.Burke is otherwise remembered as a point-scoring goal kicker and regular try-scorer for the Wallabies who contributed to the teams victories in the 1999 Rugby World Cup, multiple Bledisloe Cups and Australias Test series win against the British and Irish Lions in 2001. At one stage of his career, he held at least 10 different points records in test rugby alone. In 1999, as part of celebrations to mark 125 years of Australian Rugby, a panel of experts rated him the best fullback in Australian Rugby history.When he retired from international rugby in 2004 he was the leading points scorer in the multinational Super Rugby Competition. He is still the most capped fullback and the second highest all time scorer for Australia in international Test rugby.

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