Matthew Burke established himself as one of Australian rugby’s most accomplished backs during an 11-season international career with the Wallabies. He represented his country with aplomb in three positions – fullback, wing and outside centre – and played in three Rugby World Cups, in 1995, 1999 and 2003.
His 81 Test appearances in Wallaby Gold netted him 878 points from 29 tries, 174 penalty goals, 104 conversions and one field goal.
Wearing the sky blue of the NSW Waratahs, Burke’s tally from 115 appearances resulted in 1,171 points from 36 tries, 206 penalty goals, 185 conversions and a field goal, making him the state’s highest all-time points scorer.
Burke was rated in 1999 by a panel of experts as the best Australian and NSW Waratahs fullback in the code’s history and a unanimous choice as the best Wallabies fullback in the ‘Team of the Decade’ (1995–2005).