New Zealand Rugby mourns the passing of Mike Burgoyne

All Blacks     24 Nov 2016     All Blacks

Michael Martin Burgoyne, better known as Mike, was born in Kaitaia. He was a talented, physical loose forward and made his All Blacks debut in 1979, going on to play six matches. He also played eight times for the Maori All Blacks, starting in 1975.

"It is with real sadness that we mark the passing of Mike Burgoyne," said New Zealand Rugby Chairman Brent Impey.

 “Mike will be fondly remembered around New Zealand, and in particular by the Northland and Maori rugby communities of which he was a part. He made an important contribution to rugby and inspired teammates and rugby supporters. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.”

Burgoyne was a born and bred Northland man. He attended Kaitaia College and joined the Awanui Club, making his debut for North Auckland in 1975. He debuted for the Maori All Blacks that same year, against his provincial teammates, and appeared three times.

In 1979, Burgoyne earned All Blacks selection for the first time, making his debut against Argentina in Wellington. He went on to play six matches for the All Blacks and scored one try against the Midland Division in Leicester. It had been a big season for the tough flanker, who made five appearances for the Maori All Blacks in the Pacific, including the opening match at the new National Stadium in Fiji. Burgoyne also defended the Ranfurly Shield with North Auckland, the last time the Taniwha held the Shield.

Burgoyne did not play again in 1980 and played his final first class match in 1981.

Away from rugby, Burgoyne remained involved with the Northland community and also had strong ties with Fiji, returning numerous times to visit the country. He kept his interest in rugby for the rest of his life.

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