Munster sign Tiger Murphy

1 02 2010

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Well, this signing will add more fuel to the rumours about Doug Howlett leaving Munster at the end of this season. Munster Rugby have just announced the signing of Johne Murphy from Leicester Tigers on a 2 year contract.

Murphy has played for Leicester since 2005 and broke into the first team during the 2006 season. He was Tigers’ top try-scorer in 2008/09 with 11, including a Heineken Cup hat-trick in Treviso. Johne has some experience at fullback and has taken up the kicking duties too at his time in Leicester.

If Howlett leaves Munster, this frees up a NIQ (Non-Irish Qualified) place in the squad. Murphy has shown that he is flexible and can score tries and could be a very good replacement for Howlett.

Munster’s weakness this season is primarily in the front row, the extra NIQ place in the squad could be used to find a world-class tighthead to shore things up.

Munster coach Tony McGahan said,  “Munster are delighted to sign a young ambitious Irish outside back such as Johne. After being part of a very successful period with Leicester we look forward to Johne’s participation on and off the field with Munster. His strong ball carrying , strong individual defence and finishing ability from either wing or fullback are some of the attributes we are looking forward to Johne bringing to the backline division.”

Murphy attended Newbridge college and will be linking up with his old schoolmate Tony Buckley. After school Johne played a few seasons with Landsdowne before following another schoolmate Geordan Murphy to Leicester. Welcome to Munster Johne!

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