Scoring machine Burke signs a new deal with European Challenge Cup quarter-finalists Falcons.
Falcons have been given a massive boost, with the news that fullback Matthew Burke has signed a new two-year deal, keeping him at Kingston Park until the end of the 2007/8 season.
A magnificent ten-year international career with Australia saw him notch up an astonishing tally of 878 points, the fifth highest of all time when he retired from Test rugby in June 2004.
The 32-year-old has made a huge impact on Tyneside since his arrival in the summer of 2004, starting in all but one of the club’s 13 matches in the Heineken Cup and the European Challenge Cup, scoring 5 tries and racking up a further 79 points with the boot.
The fullback will aim to build on his tally of 36 points in the tournament this season as his club continue their quest for their first European club trophy.
Unbeaten in the pool stages, Newcastle Falcons secured home advantage for their European Challenge Cup quarter-final against Connacht Rugby in Kington Park Stadium, Friday 31 March, 19:30. A victory for Falcons would give them a home semi-final game against the winner of Gloucester Rugby V Brive, which kicks off at 15:00 Saturday 1 April.