Geordan Murphy playing at fullback for Leicester against Bath.
|Birth name||Geordan Edward Andrew Murphy|
|Date of birth||19 April 1978|
|Place of birth||Dublin, Ireland|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||87 kg (13 st 10 lb; 192 lb)|
|University||De Montfort University and Waterford Institute of Technology|
|Children||Son with Aneka Murphy|
|Rugby union career|
Geordan Edward Andrew Murphy (born 19 April 1978) is an Irish rugby union coach and former player. He played as fullback or wing both for the Irish international team and the English club Leicester Tigers.
Murphy was born in Dublin, Ireland. He was officially named George after his father but his mother called him Geordan to avoid confusion. His six brothers and sister all played rugby union. Murphy was educated at Newbridge College, Newbridge, Co. Kildare before attending Waterford Institute of Technology and De Montfort University in Leicester.
In 1997 shortly before he joined Leicester Tigers, Murphy gained his first U18 rugby cap for Ireland. He gradually made his way into the Tigers' first team squad, while gaining caps for Ireland U21. Opportunities at fullback were limited by the presence of Tim Stimpson, but he gained a place on the right wing. Murphy started in both of Leicester's back-to-back Heineken Cup final wins in 2001 and 2002, scoring a try in the latter final. He also helped Leicester win four Premiership trophies in a row in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.
As he matured, Murphy preferred full back over wing. His main rivals for the Ireland full back starting position were Girvan Dempsey and Rob Kearney. In his autobiography he stated that he had a poor working relationship with former Ireland Coach Eddie O'Sullivan mainly because he played for an English team. Murphy was named as the starting full back for Ireland in the crucial game against Argentina on 22 November 2008, and scored one of Ireland's two tries in that game.
He was a member of the victorious Ireland team that won the 2009 Six Nations Championship and Grand Slam. In May 2009, Murphy was named in the Barbarians squad to play England and Australia along with Ireland team mate Gordon D'Arcy.
He took over the Tiger's Captaincy on the field in the 2008/9 season, when club captain Martin Corry was not in the team, and led them to two finals that season – Heineken Cup and English Premiership, the latter of which they won. The following season, he was named official club captain, though missed out on much of the season due to injury. He returned in February, to lead the team to a successive Guinness Premiership title, when the Tigers beat Saracens 33–27 in the final.
Murphy was chosen to captain Ireland against the New Zealand Maori in June 2010. On 11 September Murphy was picked to start in the first match of the 2011 rugby world cup since Rob Kearney was injured. Ireland won the game 22-10 against the United States. He came on then to replace Keith Earls in the Russia game.
In May 2012, Murphy announced his retirement from playing international Rugby, and in May 2013, he announced his retirement from playing all forms of rugby. Murphy was left out of the squad for the 2013 Premiership final shortly before he retired.
In May 2013 Murphy was declared to become assistant coach at Leicester from the 2013-14 season onwards. He masterminded Tigers winning of the 2016–17 Anglo-Welsh Cup, the first Tigers trophy won in the period Murphy was part of the coaching team.
Murphy was placed in formal interim charge of Leicester Tigers on 3 September 2018 following the sacking of O'Connor. This position was made permanent in December 2018.