Luke Burton has had a lifelong involvement with rugby.
His family emigrated to Perth on Australia’s west coast from South Africa, and his cousins Dan and Jesse Kriel have both played professionally in South Africa. Burton had an auspicious journey up the junior ranks. Promising form as a schoolboy saw him picked in the Western Force squad straight out of high school in 2012. Burton was selected in the Australia U20s squad as an 18-year-old a year later. He played every match in the 2013 World Rugby U20 Championships at inside centre and was the team’s goal kicker. The centre backed that up in 2014, featuring in the U20s campaign in New Zealand.
Two months before that second U20s campaign, Burton made his Super Rugby debut for the Force against the Stormers in Cape Town. It was in 2015 where he really found his place in Super Rugby, though. That season Burton cemented himself as a regular starter and the WA side’s first-choice goal kicker. His time at the Force finished at the end of the 2017 season, with French opportunities beckoning and the WA franchise’s Super Rugby future in doubt.
Burton signed with Biarritz for the 2017-18 season and played 42 matches for the ProD2 before making the move to the US Major League Rugby. The playmaker played all five 2020 matches with the Legion before the coronavirus pandemic cut the campaign short.
Burton proved an ideal backline utility player for the Giltinis with significant roles in the centres and at fullback during the 2021 title run. He was at fullback in the Championship game. His excellent defence and team-first play on attack again makes him a key member of the 2022 squad.