Eddie Burns
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Eddie Burns

Eddie Burns
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Personal information
Full nameEdward Burns
Born16 January 1916
Died30 June 2004(2004-06-30) (aged 88)
Playing information
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1935-40 147 13 0 0 39
1940 Waratah Mayfield
1941-50 65 47 8 0 157
Total 212 60 8 0 196
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1948 New South Wales 2 0 0 0 0
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1960–62 54 24 3 27 44
1965 18 5 0 13 28
Total 72 29 3 40 40
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1964 New South Wales 2 2 0 0 100
Source: [1]

Eddie Burns (16 January 1916 - 30 June 2004) was an Australian rugby league footballer and coach of the mid 20th century. A New South Wales representative prop-forward, he played for the Canterbury-Bankstown club of the NSWRFL Premiership, later becoming their coach.

Playing career

While still a teenager, Burns played in the Canterbury-Bankstown club's first ever season in 1935 and was sent off in his first match. He played for 16 seasons in First Grade from 1935 to 1950. Eddie Burns played 212 first grade games and scored 196 career points in his long career.[1]

He won two premierships with Canterbury-Bankstown in 1938 and 1942.

In 1948, Burns was selected to represent New South Wales playing 2 games.

He retired in 1950 as the Canterbury club's top ever try-scorer, with 60, a record not bettered until Chris Anderson in 1978.[2]

Eddie Burns is the 16th player to represent the Bulldogs.[3]

Coaching career

Burns' career as coach of Canterbury-Bankstown was subject to a two-year interruption when Clive Churchill was selected as the club's coach. He coached the club between 1960-1962 and again in 1965.[4]

He coached New South Wales City Firsts in 1963 and the New South Wales rugby league team in 1964.


In 1985, Burns was selected in the Bulldogs 'Greatest Team Ever'. In 2004 he was selected in the 70 Year Bulldogs team of champions.


  1. ^ Rugby League Project (Alan Whitaker)
  2. ^ Alan Whitaker. The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players
  3. ^ http://www.thebulldogs.com.au
  4. ^ Rugby League Project

External links

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