Saturday 23 September 2017

Murphy to referee at U-20 World Cup

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Declan Rooney

Former Connacht scrum-half Frank Murphy has been revealed as one of eight referees that will officiate at this summer's World Rugby Junior World Championship in Georgia.

Since his retirement from the game in May 2014, Murphy has soared through the ranks of referring and only took charge of his first Guinness Pro12 game last November when Dragons took on Edinburgh. The same weekend Scottish official Mike Adamson beat Murphy to the punch by becoming the first former Pro12 player to referee a game in the competition.

But since then Murphy has been busy. Last week he was on duty in the European Challenge Cup Qualifying Play-off tie between Connacht's former opponents, Enisei STM from Russia and Italian side Mogliano, while he will also be on duty this weekend in Italy when Zebre welcome Dragons to Parma.

Murphy (35) made his name as a player first though and his 104 appearance for Connacht in all competitions came after he made the switch from Leicester Tigers in 2008. The Cork native had earlier played 15 times for his home province before he made the move to the English Premiership.

Coincidentally, Adamson will also join Murphy at the World Rugby Junior World Championship, while fellow European officials Pierre Brousset (France), Tom Foley (England) and Dan Jones (Wales), will be joined by their southern hemisphere counterparts, Nic Berry (Australia), Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand) and Jaco van Heerden (South Africa). The competition will take place from May 31 to June 18.

Irish Independent

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