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Michael Burak (born October 9, 1980 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a Canadian former international rugby union footballer. He won 29 caps for Canada between 2004 and 2009.

Mike Burak
Birth nameMichael Burak
Date of birth (1980-10-09) 9 October 1980 (age 39)
Place of birthVancouver, British Columbia
Height201 cm (6 ft 7 in)
Weight118 kg (18 st 8 lb)
UniversityUniversity of British Columbia
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
UBC Old Boys Ravens ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Cornish Pirates


National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2004–2009 Canada 29 (0)

Early careerEdit

Originally a standout basketball player at Lord Byng Secondary School in Vancouver, Burak played for two seasons at the University of British Columbia. After being cut from the men's varsity basketball squad in the 2000-2001 preseason, Burak switched to the UBC men's varsity rugby program, under head coach Spence McTavish. McTavish had coached Burak for the Lord Byng rugby team.

Burak quickly became a regular for the varsity XV, despite not having played rugby since his high school days. In 2002-03, Burak was part of a powerful UBC XV that went undefeated in league play on the way to the provincial first division title. The team also featured future Canadian internationals Chris Pack, Ryan McWhinney and Eric Wilson.

Travel to Australia and professional rugbyEdit

After graduation in 2003, he travelled to Australia to watch the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Determined to make the Canadian team, Burak returned to Vancouver after the world cup and played for the UBC Old Boys Ravens; the premier XV lost in the provincial final to Capilano RFC. The following summer he made his debut for Canada at the 2004 Churchill Cup.

In 2005, he moved to Sydney, where he spent a season playing for Northern Suburbs RFC in the Shute Shield. Having established himself as a regular for the national team, Burak signed with Pau in the summer of 2006. He spent two seasons with the southern France club.

In 2008, Burak moved to England and signed with Cornish Pirates. Following a season in the southwest, Burak returned to Vancouver and the UBCOB Ravens.

He played for Canada at the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

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