Peter Burke (rugby union)

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Peter Burke
Birth name Peter Standish Burke
Date of birth (1927-09-22)22 September 1927
Place of birth Tauranga, New Zealand
Date of death 2 October 2017(2017-10-02) (aged 90)
Place of death New Plymouth, New Zealand
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 97 kg (214 lb)
School Tauranga Boys' College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Number 8
All Black No. 534
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Bay of Plenty

National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1951, 1955, 1957 New Zealand 3 (0)
Teams coached
Years Team
Taranaki (assistant)
New Zealand

Peter Standish Burke ONZM (22 September 1927 – 2 October 2017) was a New Zealand rugby union player, coach and administrator. A lock and number 8, Burke represented Bay of Plenty, Auckland and Taranaki at a provincial level, and was a member of the New Zealand national side, the All Blacks, in 1951, 1955 and 1957. He played 12 matches for the All Blacks including three internationals.[1]

After retiring as a player, Burke went on to contribute to rugby as a selector, coach and administrator. He was a Taranaki selector from 1960 to 1968, and assistant coach of that union from 1963 to 1965. He also served as president of the Taranaki Rugby Union. From 1970 to 1975 he was a North Island selector and he became a New Zealand selector in 1978. Burke was the All Blacks coach during the 1981 Springbok Tour and also for the tour of Romania and France later that year. In 1994 he served as president of the New Zealand Rugby Union.[1]

In the 1997 Queen's Birthday Honours, Burke was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to rugby.[2]

The Peter Burke Trophy, named in Burke's honour, is contested between the Bay of Plenty and Taranaki representative rugby union teams.[3]


  1. ^ a b Knight, Lindsay. "Peter Burke". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Queen's Birthday honours list 1997". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 2 June 1997. Archived from the original on 23 March 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Inter provincial silverware". Taranaki Rugby Football Union. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Eric Watson
All Blacks coach
Succeeded by
Bryce Rope