|Full name||Waylon Michael Murray|
27 April 1986 |
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||101 kg (15 st 13 lb)|
|School(s) attended||Westville Boys High School|
|University||University of Natal, BComm Marketing|
|Current club||Natal Sharks / Sharks|
|2013||Eastern Province Kings||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and points correct as of 1 April 2015.
† Appearances (Points).
Waylon Michael Murray (born 25 April 1986 in Durban, South Africa) is a rugby union player, currently playing for the Blue Bulls. He stands 190 cm tall and weighs in at 105 kg and plays the position of centre or wing.
He went to Westville Boys High School where he was a prefect and head of school in 2003 and played in the 1st XV in 2003. He is represented by Baron Phillips of Infinity Athlete Management, and has an educational sponsor from Boston Business College and Reebok as a technical sponsor.
During his debut season in the 2006 Currie Cup and Super 14 season for the Natal Sharks and Sharks, Murray showed great promise as a quality centre for his provincial team. Parlaying those performances into his debut Super 14 season in 2007, Murray slowly rose to prominence as one of South Africa's leading centres, owing in no small part to his tenacity on defence and astute ball distribution skills, often, with former provincial team-mate Brad Barritt, providing a valuable link to the wings and offering stability to The Sharks midfield. Murray's stunning form saw him being selected for the Springboks away leg of the 2007 Tri Nations (However he was only selected as the first choice centres were being rested for the World Cup.) The Murray and Barrit partnership was however disrupted after François Steyn's superb performances in the number 12 jersey for the Springboks during the 2007 Rugby World Cup. This meant that Murray had to challenge Barrit for the no. 13 shirt during much of 2008 Super 14 season, but the partnership resumed during the ABSA Currie Cup due to the absence of François Steyn and Adi Jacobs. However, with the return of the Springboks, and with Adi Jacobs' stunning form, Murray saw little game time. Murray was injured during the whole of the 2009 Super 14, and slowly began to be exposed to rugby during the Currie Cup, after a seven-month absence.
At the end of 2012, his Lions contract expired and he joined the Eastern Province Kings, also being named in the Kings wider training group for the 2013 Super Rugby season. However, having recently undergone knee surgery, he was struggling for full fitness for a large part of the campaign and made just four starts and three substitute appearances during the Super Rugby season. He also played in the second leg of the Kings' Promotion/Relegation play-Offs series against the Lions. He also made one appearance in the 2013 Vodacom Cup for the Eastern Province Kings, appearing as a substitute in their match against the Border Bulldogs.
After the 2013 Super Rugby season, he joined the Blue Bulls, signing a contract at the team until October 2015. He failed to break into their Super Rugby squad, however, being limited to six appearances in the 2013 Currie Cup Premier Division and eight in the 2014 Vodacom Cup.
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- "Nuwe Kings gesels". Media24 (in Afrikaans). Die Son. 26 November 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
- "Match Breakdown: Border Bulldogs vs Eastern Province Kings". South African Rugby Union. 16 March 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
- "Bulls swoop for Murray". SA Rugby Magazine. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
- "Sharks looks to Mooar for spark". Business Day. 26 November 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014.