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Jonny Murphy

Jonny Murphy
Birth nameJonathan Murphy
Date of birth (1992-02-06) 6 February 1992 (age 27)
Place of birthBelfast, Northern Ireland
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight104 kg (16 st 5 lb)
SchoolBanbridge High School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker
Current team Connacht
Youth Career
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013–2017 Ballynahinch ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2015–2017 Ulster 2 (0)
2017–2018 Rotherham Titans 17 (10)
2018– Connacht 0 (0)
Correct as of 24 May 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011 Ireland U20 1 (5)
Correct as of 24 May 2018

Jonny Murphy (born 6 February 1992) is a professional rugby union player from Northern Ireland. He primarily plays as a hooker. Murphy currently plays for Irish provincial side Connacht in the Pro14. He previously played for Rotherham Titans in the English Championship, having started his career with his native province of Ulster.

Early life

Murphy was born in Belfast in 1992. He attended Banbridge High School in County Down,[1] and played rugby with Banbridge RFC.[2] Murphy played with Banbridge until 2013, when he joined Division 1A side Ballynahinch, another Ulster club.[3]

Rugby career


Murphy was involved with Ulster at under-age level. He was identified at the age of 16 and added to a Regional Development Squad.[2] In 2010, Murphy was selected as part of a combined team with Leinster for a challenge match against a combined Connacht/Munster side, the first ever game at the newly-built Aviva Stadium.[4]

Murphy signed to an Ulster academy contract for the 2011–12 season.[5] During his time in the academy he played for the province's second tier side, the Ulster Ravens, playing twice in the 2013–14 British and Irish Cup.[6] He spent four years in the academy, before signing a senior development contract ahead of the 2015–16 season. Murphy made his senior debut for Ulster against Scarlets in the Pro12 on 21 February 2016.[1] He did not play again for the senior side in that season, but made five appearances for the Ravens in the 2015–16 British and Irish Cup.[6] In 2017–18, Murphy continued to play primarily in the British and Irish Cup, playing six times in the competition.[7] He made his final Ulster appearance on 10 February 2017, when he played against Edinburgh.[1] He left the side at the end of the 2016–17 season, joining English Championship side Rotherham Titans.[8]

Rotherham Titans

In May 2018, it was announced that Murphy had joined Rotherham Titans for the 2017–18 season.[8] He made his debut for the side on 9 September 2017, when he came on as a replacement against Doncaster Knights in the Championship. Murphy made a total of 12 appearances in the competition.[9] He also played five times in the 2017–18 British and Irish Cup, scoring two tries.[7] Murphy made his final appearance for the Titans on 10 March 2018, when he played against Ealing Trailfinders.[9] He left Rotherham at the end of the season, returning to Ireland to join Connacht.[10]


It was announced in May 2018 that Murphy had signed for Connacht. He joined the side ahead of the 2018–19 season.[10]


Murphy has represented Ireland internationally at under-age level. He was part of the Irish under-18 club side in 2009 and 2010.[2] He also played for the under-19 side.[11] In May 2011, Murphy was named in Mike Ruddock's Ireland under-20 squad for the upcoming Junior World Cup.[12] He made his sole appearance for the side on 26 June 2011, when he came on as a replacement against Wales.[13]


  1. ^ a b c "Player: Jonny Murphy". Ulster Rugby. Archived from the original on 24 May 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Ireland Under 18 Clubs: Developing Players for the Future". Ulster Rugby. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Riordan Brace Helps 'Belvo Earn Bonus Point Win". Irish Rugby. 9 November 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Leinster/Ulster O2 Challenge team revealed". RTÉ Sport. 20 August 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  5. ^ "About Phoenix Ulster Rugby Academy". Ulster Rugby. Archived from the original on 10 October 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Jonny Murphy Record by competition British & Irish Cup All seasons". StatBunker. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Rugby - Player statistics - club stats: Jonathan Murphy". ItsRugby. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Jonny Murphy signs in at Clifton Lane". Titans Rugby. 17 May 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Jonny Murphy Player matches All competitions 2017/2018". StatBunker. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Connacht: Former Ulster hooker Jonny Murphy joins from Rotherham". BBC Sport. 24 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Connacht Rugby sign former Ulster Hooker Jonny Murphy". Ultimate Rugby. 16 May 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Ireland U-20 Squad Named For Junior World Championship". Irish Rugby. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Ireland Under-20 Squad Profiles: Jonny Murphy". Irish Rugby. Retrieved 24 May 2018.

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