Conor Murray

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Conor Murray
Conor Murray 2013 (cropped).jpg
Murray playing for Munster.
Full name Conor Murray
Date of birth (1989-04-20) 20 April 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Limerick, Republic of Ireland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 95 kg (14 st 13 lbs)
School St Munchin's College
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Scrum-half
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Garryowen FC
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2010–present Munster 59 (39)
correct as of 17 May 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2013
2011–present
2009
Lions
Ireland
Ireland U20
2
28
8
(0)
(10)
(24)
correct as of 8 Jun 2014.

Conor Murray (born 20 April 1989 in Limerick, Ireland) is an Irish rugby union player who plays for Munster in the Pro 12 and European Rugby Champions Cup. Murray attended St. Munchin's College, Limerick and was part of the same Munster Schools Rugby Senior Cup squad as current Munster and Ireland colleague Keith Earls.[1] His current club is Garryowen FC.

Munster[edit]

2009-10[edit]

Murray made his competitive debut for Munster against Connacht in the Magners League on 18 April 2010, coming on as a blood replacement.[2] He part of the Munster A team that lost the final of the 2009–10 British and Irish Cup to Cornish Pirates on 16 May 2010.[3]

2010–11[edit]

Murray came off the bench to replace Duncan Williams during Munster's historic 15–6 victory against Australia on 16 November 2010.[4] He made his European debut against Brive in April 2011.[5] On 28 May 2011, he started at scrum-half against Leinster in the 2011 Celtic League Grand Final, which Munster won 19–9 in Thomond Park.[6] In his first full season with Munster, Murray won the John McCarthy Award for Academy Player of the Year.[7]

2011–12[edit]

Murray made his Heineken Cup debut for Munster against Northampton Saints on 12 November 2011.[8][9] He won the Man-of-the-Match award for Munster in their Heineken Cup Round 4 match against Scarlets on 18 December 2011.[10] Murray made his comeback from the knee injury he suffered in the 2012 Six Nations in the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Ulster on 8 April 2012.[11][12] He scored his first try for Munster in the Pro 12 league fixture against Glasgow Warriors on 14 April 2012.[13] Murray won another Man-of-the-Match award in Munster's league game against Ulster on 5 May 2012.[14]

2012–13[edit]

During Munster's first 2012–13 Heineken Cup game on 13 October 2012 against Racing Métro 92, Murray gave away a penalty late in the game to give Racing Metro the lead, and they went on to achieve an unlikely win.[15] His performance improved in Munster's second pool match against Edinburgh on 21 October, with Murray scoring Munster's first of four try's in a 33–0 bonus-point victory.[16] Murray scored a try in Munster's crucial victory against Edinburgh on 13 January 2013,[17] and he scored again as Munster beat Racing Métro 92 29–6 to secure a place in the quarter-finals.[18] He started in Munster 12–18 Heineken Cup quarter-final victory over Harlequins on 7 April 2013.[19] Murray also started the 16–10 semi-final defeat to ASM Clermont Auvergne.[20]

2013-14[edit]

Murray started for Munster against Edinburgh in their opening round 29-23 defeat in the 2013–14 Heineken Cup on 12 October 2013.[21] He again started for Munster in the second round game against Gloucester on 19 October 2013, which Munster won 26-10.[22] He started Munster's 36-8 win against USA Perpignan on 8 December 2013, but went off injured in the first-half.[23] Murray signed a new two-year contract with the IRFU in December 2013, a deal that will see him remain with Munster until at least June 2016.[24] As a result of the knee injury he suffered against Perpignan, Murray was ruled out for six weeks.[25] He returned to full training on 6 January 2014, two weeks ahead of schedule.[26] Murray started the 7-20 away win against Gloucester on 11 January 2013, a win that secured quarter-final qualification.[27] He started against Edinburgh on 19 January 2014, scoring a try in the 38-6 Round 6 win that secured a home quarter-final.[28] Murray started in Munster's 47-23 Heineken Cup quarter-final win against Toulouse on 5 April 2014.[29] He started in Munster's 24-16 semi-final defeat to Toulon on 27 April 2014.[30] Murray was nominated for the Munster Rugby Senior Player of the Year 2014 award on 1 May 2014.[31] He converted two tries for Munster in their 12-55 win against Edinburgh on 3 May 2014.[32] Murray won the Munster Senior Player of the Year 2014 Award on 8 May 2014.[33]

Ireland[edit]

2011-12[edit]

Murray was selected in Ireland's training squad for the 2011 World Cup warm-ups in August.[34] He made his Ireland debut against France as a substitute on 13 August 2011.[35] His second cap came two weeks later against England, again as a substitute.[36] He was also selected in Ireland's final 30-man squad for the World Cup in New Zealand.[37] Murray's first start, and third cap, came against US Eagles in Ireland's opening Pool C match of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.[38] Murray came off the bench during Ireland's historic 15–6 victory against Australia at the World Cup.[39] He started for Ireland in their final Pool C game against Italy, putting a strong performance as Ireland won 36–6.[40] He was retained as scrum-half in Ireland's quarter final against Wales, which Ireland lost 22–10.[41]

He was selected in Ireland's 24-man squad for the 2012 Six Nations Championship.[42] He made his Six Nations debut when he started for Ireland in their opening match against Wales on 5 February 2012, a game which Ireland lost 21–23.[43] A knee injury sustained in the Test against France on 4 March 2012 ruled Murray out for the remainder of the 2012 Six Nations, as the injury required a recovery period of 3–4 weeks.[44] Murray retained the Ireland number 9 jersey for the first test against New Zealand on 9 June 2012.[45] He also started the second test against New Zealand a week later, and during the game scored his first try for Ireland.[46] Murray started the third test, which Ireland lost 60–0, their heaviest ever defeat.[47]

2012-13[edit]

Murray continued in the number 9 jersey for Ireland's opening 2012 Guinness Series test against South Africa on 10 November 2012.[48] Murray also started in Ireland's uncapped friendly against Fiji on 17 November 2012,[49] and against Argentina on 24 November 2012.[50]

Murray was named in Ireland's training squad for the 2013 Six Nations Championship on 17 January 2013.[51] He started at scrum-half for Ireland's opening 22–30 win against Wales on 2 February 2013,[52] their 6–12 defeat to England on 10 February 2013,[53] and the 12–8 loss to Scotland.[54] He put in an outstanding performance to win the Man-of-the Match award in Ireland's 13–13 draw with France.[55] He started in Ireland's final game of the tournament, the 22–15 loss to Italy, on 16 March 2013.[56]

2013-14[edit]

On 23 October 2013, Murray was named in the Ireland squad for the 2013 Autumn Tests.[57] He started against Samoa on 9 November 2013.[58] He came off the bench against Australia on 16 November 2013.[59] Murray regained his starting place for the test against New Zealand on 24 November 2013, scoring his second try for Ireland during the game.[60]

On 27 January 2014, Murray was named in Ireland's 34-man squad for the opening two fixtures of the 2014 Six Nations Championship.[61] He started against Scotland on 2 February 2014.[62] Murray started against Wales on 8 February 2014.[63] Murray started in the 13-10 loss to England on 22 February 2014.[64] He started against Italy on 8 March 2014.[65] Murray started the 20-22 win away to France on 15 March 2014, a win that secured the 2014 Championship for Ireland.[66]

Murray was named in the Ireland squad for their 2014 Tour to Argentina on 19 May 2014.[67] He started the first test against Argentina on 7 June 2014.[68]

British and Irish Lions[edit]

2013[edit]

Murray was selected as one of three scrum-halves in the squad for 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, named on 30 April 2013.[69] He came on as a substitute in the opening fixture of the tour against the Barbarians on 1 June 2013.[70] Murray started in the Lions 17–69 victory against Western Force on 5 June 2013.[71] He started against Combined New South Wales–Queensland Country on 11 June 2013, scoring his first try for the Lions in the 64–0 tour match win.[72] Murray came off the bench against ACT Brumbies on 18 June 2013.[73] He started against Melbourne Rebels on 25 June 2013, scoring his second try of the tour during the game.[74] Murray came off the bench during the second test against Australia to win his first cap for the Lions on 29 June 2013.[75] He also came off the bench during the Lions third test victory, a win which secured the series win for the Lions.[76]

Gaelic football[edit]

Before becoming a professional rugby player, Murray played Gaelic football with Patrickswell and Limerick. He represented Limerick in the Sarsfield Cup and also played for Limerick in the primary football games.[77]

Honours[edit]

Munster[edit]

Ireland[edit]

British and Irish Lions[edit]

  • British and Irish Lions tours:

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