Jordi Murphy “thrilled” after concerned ten year-old returns Six Nations medal
Published 21/03/2014 | 09:32
The father of a 10 year-old who inadvertently received Jordi Murphy’s winning Six Nations medal has said his son was “so concerned” with getting the silverware back to the Ireland star.
Young Stephen Murphy found himself in possession of the precious piece of silverware when the Leinster flanker handed the boy his Irish hoodie in the airport after returning from Paris.
Rugby-mad Stephen was in Paris to witness the brilliant victory and the players are now familiar with the passionate fan, so much so that Murphy decided to give him a treasured souvenir to mark the occasion.
Tonight on the Late Late Show, Stephen proudly showed Jordi's hoody to Ryan Tubridy.
He told the presenter that Jordi has asked him to keep next weekend free because the player has a surprise in store.
"He texted me to say he has something nice for me so he was telling me to keep next weekend free."
Stephen told Newstalk earlier this week: “Jordi recognises Stephen at this stage and at the airport gave him his hoodie."
“When we were getting into the car he said “Daddy, I think there’s money in the pocket”, so you can imagine his shock when he saw the medal.”
The first thing Stephen wanted to do was to visit his 84 year-old grandmother in Glasnevin, a big rugby fan who was recently in hospital.
“He wanted to get a picture with the medal around her neck. It was worth $1 million.”
While he was delighted to be in possession of the silverware, he was also keen to return it to his rugby hero.
“He was so concerned about Jordi and I was really proud of that,” he told The Newstalk Breakfast.
Calls were made to the Four Seasons Hotel, where the team were heading from the airport and they again met the victorious squad, much to Murphy’s surprise.
“He was so thrilled, he never even realised it was gone.”
The rugby star showed his appreciation on Instagram afterwards.
“Managed to give my medal away in the airport. But this gent brought it back for me #hero,” he said.