Rick Bourke

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Rick Bourke
Personal information
Full name Richard Bourke
Born 16 November 1953
Died 15 August 2006
Tugun, Queensland
Playing information
Position Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1973–82 Cronulla Sharks 146 38 0 0 114
1983 South Sydney Rabbitohs 1 0 0 0 0
Total 147 38 0 0 114
Source: Whiticker/Hudson

Richard (Rick) Bourke (16 November 1953 – 15 August 2006) was an Australian rugby league player for the Cronulla Sharks and South Sydney Rabbitohs.

A Sharkies legend, Rick Bourke played 10 seasons for Cronulla at wing and fullback including scoring their only try in the 10-7 1973 Grand Final loss to a Bob Fulton inspired Manly-Warringah at the Sydney Cricket Ground.[1] He also played on the wing for Cronulla in the drawn Grand Final against Manly in 1978, as well as playing fullback in the replay played just two days later. Manly won the replay 16-0. A local junior from Caringbah, New South Wales, Bourke scored thirty eight tries during his ten-year career at the Sharks, and was a crowd favourite.[2]

He played his final season with South Sydney Rabbitohs in 1983.

Rick Bourke died of cancer on 15 August 2006 at the John Flynn Hospital, Tugun, Queensland aged only 52.[3]


  1. ^ Roy Masters, ROY MASTERS' GRAND FINAL TOP 5, 2 October 2004 Sun Herald retrieved from Ebbsco, Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre, 15 October 2004
  2. ^ http://www.rugbyleagueproject.org
  3. ^ Sydney Daily Telegraph, "Sharks Legend dies" 15 August 2006