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Jamie Burke (rugby union)

Jamie Burke (born October 15, 1980 in Cherry Point, North Carolina) is a former American rugby union player and now coach.

Jamie Burke
Date of birth (1980-10-15) October 15, 1980 (age 39)
Place of birthCherry Point, North Carolina
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight200 lb (91 kg)
Occupation(s)Youth Rugby Programs Coordinator
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
University of Virginia
Washington D.C. Furies
Berkeley All-Blues
Raleigh Venom
Glendale Raptors
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2004-2014 United States 51 (15)


Jamie Burke began playing rugby in 1998 at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, where she went on to earn All-American Honors in 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003. In 2003, Burke won the prestigious Woodley Award, given to the top collegiate player in the country.

Following her graduation from UVA, she went on to play rugby for a number of clubs around the country; the Washington D.C. Furies; the Berkeley All-Blues, where she won a Division I National Championship in 2007,;[1] Beantown RFC, where she won two National Championships with the NRU Senior Women All Stars in 2009 and 2010; Raleigh Venom, where Burke helped the team win the 2011 Division II National Championship.;[2] and the Women's Premier League Glendale Raptors.[3]

She made her debut for the USA National Team in 2004 against the New Zealand Black Ferns and has played in the 2006, 2010, and 2014 Women's Rugby World Cups. She was one of the team captains at the 2010 Women's Rugby World Cup.

After the 2010 World Cup, Burke received several awards including IRB World Cup Dream Team,[4] Team of the Year and Team of the Decade by Rugby Magazine,[5] ScrumQueens All Star World Cup Team,[6] and Team to Beat the World Champions by Letchworth.[7] She was also named to the Team of the Year in 2011 by ScrumQueens.[8]

In August 2013 Burke earned her 41st cap (sport) against England in the Nations Cup (Women's rugby), surpassing Eagle great, Patty Jervey, making her the most-capped women's player in the US.[9] On August 13, 2014, during the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup, Burke earned her 50th cap against Australia, making her the only woman in USA Rugby history to hit that milestone.

Jamie recently finished a graduate degree at the University of New Hampshire, where she has published several articles related to outdoor education.[10][11] In 2010, Burke won the Thomas V. Moser, M.D. Memorial Scholarship,[12] given in honor of Dr. Moser to outstanding rugby players pursuing educational goals that maximize their potential.

Since retiring from playing in 2014, Jamie has stepped into coaching. She has served as the assistant coach for the Glendale Merlins' Women's Premier League team, helping guide the team to 2 National Championships. She is also the head coach for the Rugby Colorado Girls High School All-State Team and has recently stepped into a role as an Assistant Coach with the USA Women's National Team. In addition, she travels for USA Rugby as a coach educator.


  1. ^ "History". Archived from the original on August 14, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2014. External link in |website= (help)
  2. ^ Finlan, Jackie. "DIIs' Best Game: Raleigh v Sacramento". Rugby mag. Archived from the original on June 9, 2012. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  3. ^ Eiden, Herring. "Seven WPL Raptors Named to 2014 Eagle Pool". Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  4. ^ "WRWC 2010: The Dream Team". Archived from the original on July 16, 2014.
  5. ^ "Rugby Mag Team of the Decade". Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  6. ^ Donnelly, Ali. "Scrum Queens All Star World Cup Team". Archived from the original on April 20, 2012. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  7. ^ Birch, John. "A team to beat the Black Ferns?". Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  8. ^ Donnelly, Ali. "Scrumqueens 2011 team of the year". Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  9. ^ Wise, Chad. "Jamie Burke to set Women's Eagles caps record". Archived from the original on June 15, 2014. Retrieved June 10, 2014. External link in |website= (help)
  10. ^ Burke JN, Ganes DZ, Mayeda DT, Gass MA. Impact of a Culturally Relevant Residential Treatment Program on Post-Discharge Outcomes for Hawaii Youth. Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs 4(1):54-80, 2010.
  11. ^ JN Burke. The Outdoor Classroom: Integrating Education and Adventure. Journal of Experiential Education 33(1):90-92, 2010.
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