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George Burgess (rugby union)

George Burgess (rugby union)

George "Jerry" Francis Burgess (20 September 1883 2 May 1961)[1] was a New Zealand rugby union player who represented the All Blacks in 1905. His position of choice was halfback.

George Burgess
Birth nameGeorge Francis Burgess
Date of birth(1883-09-20)20 September 1883
Place of birthInvercargill, New Zealand
Date of death2 July 1961(1961-07-02) (aged 77)
Place of deathAuckland, New Zealand
Rugby union career
Position(s) Halfback
All Black No. 133
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
190207 Pirates ()
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
190207 Southland 27 ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1905 New Zealand 1 (0)

He was born in Invercargill in 1883[1][2][3] although he was also said to have been born in October 1876.[4]

He died in Auckland in 1961, and was buried at Waikumete Cemetery.[4][5]


Burgess was commonly referred to as Jerry.[1][2][3]

He originally played as a five-eighth.[2][3]

Burgess joined the Pirates club in Invercargill and soon made his way into the Southland provincial side. He played 27 games for the union from 1902 until 1907.[3]

On the playing field Burgess was described as a "quick-passing halfback who gave good service to his backs. A reliable player who was adept at making openings".[2]

A referee also stated that Burgess was a "persistent squealer".[3]

His only match for the All Blacks was lucky to be recognised as an international. It was against Australia at Tahuna Park in Dunedin in 1905.[2][3] He was further helped with selection thanks to the famous Original's tour, meaning the top 27 players in the country had left for the northern hemisphere. Even if it was a slightly weaker side, the match was fortunately won 14–3.

He continued playing rugby for the next two seasons afterwards.

Family and personal

His father was also named George. His mother's name was Elizabeth.[4]

Burgess became a bricklayer.[4]


  1. "the 1,109 rugby ALL BLACKS since 1884 - ABBOTT to FURLONG :: Genealogy". Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  2. Chester, Rod; McMillan, Neville; Palenski, Ron (1987). The Encyclopedia of New Zealand Rugby. Auckland, New Zealand: Moa Publications. p. 34. ISBN 0-908570-16-3.
  3. "Stats |". Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  4. "PECK of Taita - Family Tree". Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  5. "Cemetery Search Details". Retrieved 2 April 2016.
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