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Get to know your team – Craig Burden

Written by Scott Bevan (The Hobbit)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 30 Aug 2013 at 11:07
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Arguably one of the Sharks most loyal and hardworking players, Craig seems to be growing from strength to strength in every game he plays and is being rewarded with a starting 15 place after his fantastic game last week  against the Cheetahs.



While at Maritzburg College Craig played at centre before joining the Sharks in 2006 where he started his professional career at wing, now he is a hard-running hooker after being persuaded to change positions by former All Black No 8 Murray Mexted and Former Blues player Paul Mitchell at the renowned Iranz Academy in New Zealand when Burden spent time there in 2007.


Craig Burden is still uncapped at Test level, but was part of the Springbok squad in 2012 following injuries to Bismarck du Plessis and Chiliboy Ralepelle.


Craig has been capped 68 times in the currie cup, scoring an impressive 23 tries and has been capped 47 times in the Super rugby completion.


FULL NAME Craig Bruce
HEIGHT 184 cm
BIRTH DATE 13 May 1985
PRIMARY SCHOOL Kloof Senior Primary
SECONDARY SCHOOL Maritzburg College
TERTIARY EDUCATION Durban Institute of Technology





  • Just asking but I thought the change to hooker came from Dick Muir?

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.08.13 11:10:24 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 1) : I also thought so but I did a bit of digging and the switch came in 2007 when he was at Iranz Academy.

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.08.13 11:16:28 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • Sheesh. I think Braveheart is 95% of rugby players’ favourite movie!

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.08.13 11:18:26 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 3) : They may take away our lives, but they’ll never take our Rugby!

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.08.13 11:22:27 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • my girlfriend’s fav player :roll:

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.08.13 12:16:36 by Poisy Reply
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  • I still maintain it was the worst decision Burden made, moving to hooker. At U21 level he was the best 13 I had seen in years, had a bad knee injury only to be told that post that injury he would no longer be quick enough for centre.

    What a poor call by the powers that be, for within a year he showed he had lost none of the pace required for a 13.

    I reckon Burden might have won a few Bok caps as a 13, he was never going to as a hooker with Strauss and Bismark around

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.08.13 14:17:03 by Saffex Reply

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  • Perhaps they should move him back to 13 and with Frans at 12 ,problem solved,two formidable centres

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.08.13 15:25:02 by benji Reply
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  • @The Hobbit (Comment 2) : It was Dick Muir who told Burden in 2006 that he did not see Burden’s future at wing as he lacked pace to be a provincial wing. Muir told him he could see him as a hooker. He was sent to IRANZ in 2007 to learn the trade.

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.08.13 17:04:41 by lostfish Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 7) : Too late now, I’d rather see the Sharks invest in Tyler Fisher and Esterhuizen at centre

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.08.13 14:57:56 by Saffex Reply

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  • @lostfish (Comment 8) : Poor call by Muir

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.08.13 14:58:44 by Saffex Reply

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  • @lostfish (Comment 8) : thanks for that. I later found a bit online stating that. DAMN the GOOGLES

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.09.13 08:52:41 by The Hobbit Reply
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