Wallaby scrum-half heading to Italy

Date published: April 17 2015

Italian Pro12 club Zebre have announced the arrival of Australian scrum-half Luke Burgess ahead of next season.

Currently playing for Super Rugby side the Melbourne Rebels, Burgess has signed a deal to remain in Parma until the end of June 2017.

The Newcastle-born player started his career with the Brumbies, where he made his Super Rugby debut.

After a spell in Melbourne in the ARC, Burgess returned to Super Rugby with the Waratahs in 2008. During his stay in Sydney he made his debut for the Wallabies when he was just 23.

He remained with the New South Wales franchise until 2011, playing alongside another  Zebre player, fly-half Daniel Halangahu.

Burgess was part of Australia's Tri-Nations winning side in 2011 before his last international game at the 2011 World Cup.

In 2011/12 Burgess played in France with four-times European champions Toulouse before returning to Australia in the summer of 2013 to join the Rebels.

The scrum-half has represented the Wallabies on 37 occasions; five times against the Azzurri.