WORLD RUGBY HALL OF FAME – INDUCTEE NO.142 – LIZA BURGESS
Born: 24 March, 1964 in Newport, Gwent, South Wales.
Liza Burgess has been at the forefront of Welsh women’s – and international rugby – for nearly three decades. During an illustrious playing career, ‘Bird’, as she is known, played in Wales’ very first international against England in 1987 where she led the side from number eight.
Twenty years later and with 93 caps to her name, including six appearances for Great Britain prior to the development of the Welsh national side, she finished her test career on the concluding day of the Women’s Six Nations in 2007.
Burgess captained Wales on 62 occasions, participated in six Women’s Rugby World Cups – four as a player and two as assistant coach – and was assistant coach for the inaugural Barbarians women’s team in 2017.
Burgess first played rugby at Loughborough University in 1983 where she was fortunate to be coached by fellow World Rugby Hall of Fame inductee Jim Greenwood, who was also her Great Britain coach.
On graduating, she joined Wasps before going on to enjoy a hugely successful 10-year spell at Saracens, the club she helped to form. An inspirational leader, Burgess led the side to the very first treble recorded in the women’s domestic game (League and Cup in 15s and the National Sevens).
Since hanging up her boots, Burgess has become forwards coach to Wales women, head coach of the national women’s U20s and an assistant coach at the Gloucestershire-based Hartpury club, while still holding down a job as assistant headteacher at Downend School in South Gloucestershire.
Inducted in September 2018