Tuesday 25 April 2017

Murphy calls time on his career

Johne Murphy during the Heineken Cup match between Gloucester and Munster at Gloucester last January 11 (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)
Johne Murphy during the Heineken Cup match between Gloucester and Munster at Gloucester last January 11 (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Johne Murphy has rejected the chance to extend his playing career and has instead retired at the age of 30.

The versatile back was released by Munster at the end of last season and although he revealed that he had offers from other clubs (one believed to be French), the Kildare native announced that he has called time on his career.

As well as spending five seasons with Munster, in which he made 91 appearances and won a Magners League title, Murphy also enjoyed a successful stint with Leicester Tigers. Murphy made the move to England from Lansdowne in 2006 and went on help the Tigers win three Premiership titles.

Although he was never capped by Ireland, Murphy played for the Ireland 'A', Wolfhounds and Emerging sides.

"I'm grateful for the long and successful career that I've had but it is now time to call an end to it," he stated. "I would like to thank all my mentors, coaches, team-mates, the fans who have made my time in the sport so special and most of all my family for all the support."

Murphy will coach Naas RFC in Division 2A of the Ulster Bank League for the coming season.

Irish Independent

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