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By Mark Cashman
Rugby World Cup winning Wallaby Matthew Burke will head a stellar list of speakers at the popular Bon Andrews lunch on Friday, June 22.
The 81-Test Wallaby will join a panel to discuss the June Test series against Ireland and other pertinent rugby matters along with Irish television commentator Mark ‘Robbo’ Robson.
The panel discussion will be led by Fox Sports chief rugby commentator Greg Clark who will also act as the afternoon’s master of ceremonies.
The Bon Andrews luncheon is one of Norths major fundraising functions each year and honours the man who played the most number of games for the club.
Burke, working as Network Ten’s Sydney sports presenter and rugby commentator, is one of the most decorated Wallabies of recent times.
He played in the Wallabies side that captured the Webb Ellis trophy at the 1999 Rugby World Cup in Wales and his opinions are always keenly sought.
Burke amassed 25 points in the final against France in Cardiff and the previous week in the semi-final against South Africas at Twickenham he scored 24.
He was also part of the last Wallabies side that won the Bledisloe Cup in 2002.
In all, he accumulated 878 points for the Wallabies over a decade long international career.
Burke also played 78 Super Rugby games for the Waratahs before heading to Europe to finish his career with the Newcastle Falcons in the English playing alongside Jonny Wilkinson.
In all, he appeared in 115 games for the Waratahs scoring 1172 points. The Waratahs players’ player award is named after him.
His connection to club rugby in Sydney are still strong, sometimes taking his four daughters to watch his Shute Shield club Eastwood when media commitments permit.
The luncheon is always an entertaining and breezy afternoon of thought provoking rugby discussion as well as a great chance to catch up with old mates and network at the same time.
Tickets are still available for the Bond Andrews Luncheon. Go to www.northsrugby.com.au
By Mark Cashman, CashCow Media