Albert Burge

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Albert Burge
Full name Albert Bentley Burge[1]
Date of birth (1889-06-04)4 June 1889[1]
Place of birth Penrith, New South Wales [1]
Date of death 4 January 1943(1943-01-04) (aged 53)
Place of death Hornsby, New South Wales[2]
Rugby league career
Position(s) Prop/Second Row
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
South Sydney
Rugby union career
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1907–1908[1] Wallabies[1] 2[1] (0)[1]

Albert Bentley "Son" Burge (4 June 1889 – 4 January 1943)[1] was an Australian rugby union lock who played with the Souths rugby union club in Sydney and at the age of nineteen was selected for the Australian national team in two Tests against New Zealand in 1907.

Rugby union career[edit]

He made the Wallaby tour of Great Britain of 1908, called up as a squad replacement for his brother Peter who broke his leg. Alby appeared in a Test match against Wales. He was sent off for kicking in that match and did not make another rugby international appearance. Despite his sending off, Burge continued to be selected for the invitational matches against club opposition during the tour. Two weeks after the Wales match, Burge was part of the Australian team that faced Cardiff, and was again sent from the pitch by referee Gil Evans after 'brutally' kicking Dai Westacott while the player was prone on the ground.[3]

Rugby league career[edit]

'Alby' Burge switched to rugby league football initially joining South Sydney but then in 1911 he joined his brother Frank at Glebe. Albert was the captain of the Glebe side that lost the 1911 New South Wales Rugby League premiership final to Easts and captained the side.

He and his brother Frank, continued to captain Glebe until his retirement after the 1919 NSWRFL season. He also had a brief stint with the North Sydney Bears in 1913.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i " player profile of Son Burge". Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Sydney Moring Herald: Death Notice 06/01/1943
  3. ^ Davies, D.E. (1975). Cardiff Rugby Club, History and Statistics 1876-1975. Risca: The Starling Press. p. 63. ISBN 0-9504421-0-0. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Andrews, Malcolm (2006) The ABC of Rugby League, Austn Broadcasting Corpn, Sydney
  • Whiticker, Alan (2004) Captaining the Kangaroos, New Holland, Sydney
  • Whiticker, Alan & Hudson, Glen (2006) The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players, Gavin Allen Publishing, Sydney
  • Whiticker, Alan & Collis, Ian (2006) The History of Rugby League Clubs, New Holland, Sydney
  • Heads, Ian & Middleton, David (2008) A Centenary of Rugby League, MacMillan, Sydney.
  • Howell, Max (2005) Born to Lead: Wallaby Test Captains, Celebrity Books, Auckland, NZ.