Burke began playing rugby at the University of Virginia after being recruited at an activities fair on campus. After graduating, she played with D.C. Furies, Berkeley All Blues, Beantown, and Raleigh Venom. Burke made her Women’s Eagles debut in 2004 against New Zelaand and captained the national team at the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup 2010. The 2014 World Cup in France will mark Burke’s third appearance in the pinnacle event of women’s rugby. The prop is currently undertaking her Ph.D. at the University of New Hampshire and plays in the USA Rugby Women’s Premier League for the Glendale Raptors.