Wallaroos legend Louise Burrows announces retirement

Wed, Mar 20, 2024, 12:29 AM
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
Wallaroos legend Louise Burrows has called time on her three decade career. Photo: Getty Images
Wallaroos legend Louise Burrows has called time on her three decade career. Photo: Getty Images

Wallaroos and Brumbies legend Louise 'Cookie' Burrows has announced her retirement from Rugby, effective immediately.

Burrows (née Cooke) has amassed a plethora of achievements across her incredible career that spans almost three decades, making her first ACT representative team in 1995.

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A year later, she was selected in the first-ever Brumbies side in 1996 and has played over 150 games for the club.

The hooker make her international debut for the Wallaroos in 2001 against England in Sydney.

Burrows played 22 Tests for the Wallaroos, including appearing at four World Cups.

This included 2002, 2006, 2014 & 2017, where she played her final Test against Canada.

“I would like to thank my family and friends for their support throughout my career. A special shout-out to my husband Mick who has been my biggest supporter,” Burrows said in a statement.

“I will be forever grateful for the opportunities I’ve had playing rugby. I’ve been fortunate to travel the world and make lifelong friends along the way."

Burrows kept playing for the Brumbies until 2022 when she was one of the inaugural inductees of the University of Canberra’s Sport Walk of Fame

"I've always had a sense of belonging when playing rugby. It gave me the strength and confidence to believe in myself and my abilities and realise through hard work I could achieve amazing things," Burrows believes

"I've been a pioneer for the growth of women’s rugby and I am excited for the professional era. With unprecedented levels of interest in women’s sport, I will continue to champion that women elite athletes need to be paid the same as their male counterparts or at the very least have the gender pay gap significantly reduced.

"This means encouraging girls from a young age to follow their sporting ambitions and believe that anything is possible."

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