Mur­phy, from Brid­gend to Ber­lin

The Rugby Paper - - News -

NO short­age of Mur­phys have flit­ted across the global stage in their time from Noel Mur­phy of Mun­ster, Ire­land and the Lions to Ge­or­dan Mur­phy, of Le­ices­ter, Ire­land and the Lions who se­cured the emer­ald Grand Slam of 2009 by boot­ing Stephen Jones’ failed penalty high to­wards the river Taff.

Then there is the League su­per­star Alex Mur­phy, ex-Ire­land coach Gerry Mur­phy, Le­in­ster’s Jordi Mur­phy and Pat Mur­phy of the New York Giants’ baseball team. There used to be two fa­mous Jimmy Mur­phys, one who re­built Manch­ester United af­ter many of the Busby Babes had per­ished in the air crash at Mu­nich, the other a Grand Prix driver who won the In­di­anapo­lis 500 be­fore be­ing killed at the age of 30.

And now an­other joins the list, per­haps the most im­prob­a­ble of all. Jamie Mur­phy, a 27-yearold Welsh­man from Brid­gend, is in the process of re­sum­ing his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer in the Ger­man na­tional three-quar­ter line due to start their World Cup qual­i­fy­ing sched­ule in Ro­ma­nia in Fe­bru­ary. Herr Mur­phy qual­i­fies be­cause his grand­mother came from Ber­lin.

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