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Luke Burgess (rugby league)

 

Luke Burgess (rugby league)

For the Australian rugby union player of the same name, see Luke Burgess (rugby union).
Luke Burgess
Personal information
Born (1987-02-20) 20 February 1987 (age 27)
Liversedge, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England
Height 194 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 112 kg (17 st 9 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007 Harlequins 3 0 0 0 0
2008–11 Leeds Rhinos 80 6 0 0 24
2011– South Sydney 33 1 0 0 4
Total 116 7 0 0 28
As of 23 August 2009
Source: Rugby League Project

Luke Burgess (born 20 February 1987) is an English professional rugby league footballer in the National Rugby League (NRL) for Australian club, South Sydney Rabbitohs. A forward like his brothers and Souths teammates Sam, George and Tom, he previously played in Super League for English sides, Harlequins and Leeds Rhinos, with whom he won the 2009 Super League Grand Final.

Background

Burgess was born on 20 February 1987 in Liversedge, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. His late father, Mark Burgess who died of Motor neurone disease, was also a rugby league footballer who played for Nottingham City, Rochdale Hornets, Dewsbury and Hunslet;[1] whilst his mother Julie is a teacher, currently employed at The Scots College in Bellevue Hill, Sydney.[2] His younger brother Sam, and younger twin brothers Tom and George, are all professional rugby league footballers as well.[3]

He attended Heckmondwike Grammar School to receive a secondary education before becoming a professional rugby player. He played his junior rugby for Dewsbury Moor, and also played for Liversedge Cricket Club.

Professional playing career

Super League

Burgess played Prop for the Leeds Rhinos having previously been on loan to Harlequins RL and Doncaster. He made his first appearance for Leeds in defeat at Castleford Tigers in March 2008.

Burgess' début game was against Castleford Tigers at Wheldon Road, Leeds lost this game. Burgess scored his first try on his second game against Harlequins RL. At the end of the 2008 season, Burgess became the inaugural winner of the Albert Goldthorpe Rookie of the Year Award, presented by the leading trade newspaper, Rugby Leaguer & League Express.

In 2009, Burgess played in 28 games, however, he only scored one try for the club against Salford City Reds, compared to five tries from only five appearances in 2008.

On 21 June 2011 it was confirmed that Luke had signed for the South Sydney Rabbitohs, joining brothers Sam, Tom and George, at the club who play in the Australian NRL.[4]

National Rugby League

During the 2011 NRL season Burgess was named to make his NRL debut for Souths having been in Australia for less than two weeks.[5]

In May 2013, model Yolanda Hodgson who had been a contestant on Australia's Next Top Model in 2011, gave birth to the couples first child, daughter Grace Luca.[6] In August 2013, the Burgess brothers became the first set of four brothers to line up in the same Australian side since Ray, Roy, Rex and Bernard Norman played for Sydney's Annandale club in the 1910 NSWRFL season.[7]

References

External links

  • Leeds Rhinos profile
  • Super League profile
  • Luke on Loan
  • Mac Full of Praise
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