Player-coach Murphy to bring 'pro-level intensity' to new Naas charges
Published 18/09/2015 | 02:30
Naas RFC are delighted to announce the signing of Johne Murphy as player/coach for the season.
The former Leicester Tigers and Munster wing played his first game for Naas last Friday night as the Kildare side kicked off their AIL Division 2A season with a 16-0 win over Skerries RFC.
Murphy will bring a renewed focus as Naas look to build on the success of last season.
He recently retired from professional rugby to focus on business and pursue a career in coaching.
The Rathangan-born 30-year-old joined Leicester in 2005. In his five seasons at Welford Road, he helped the Tigers to three Premiership Titles, and was their top try scorer in the 2008-09 season.
He moved to Munster in 2010, and in his first season was he was part of the side that defeated Australia and won the Magners League.
He made a total of 91 appearances for Munster.
Murphy also played for Ireland 'A' and in 2014 he captained the Emerging Ireland side against Uruguay as they won the 2014 IRB Nations Cup.
"I'm really looking forward to coaching Naas for the coming season and bringing the intensity and focus of a professional rugby player to bear on the side," he said at a recent event to introduce him to members and sponsors.
Naas' first home game of the league campaign is tomorrow against Malone.
This coincides with Ireland's World Cup opener against Canada, and Naas will host a free family open day with the Ireland game on the big screen followed by the Malone clash.
There will be children's entertainment, a food village and full bar - so lots to see and do for all the family, and all are invited to attend.