Conor Murray

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Conor Murray
Conor Murray 2015 RWC.jpg
Murray playing against Canada during the 2015 Rugby World Cup
Birth name Conor Murray
Date of birth (1989-04-20) 20 April 1989 (age 29)
Place of birth Limerick, Ireland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 94 kg (14.8 st; 207 lb)
School St Munchin's College
University University of Limerick
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum-half
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
20??–?? Garryowen ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010–present Munster 116 (142)
Correct as of 19 May 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009
2011–present
2013, 2017
Ireland U20
Ireland
British and Irish Lions
8
66
5
(24)
(69)
(5)
Correct as of 16 June 2018

Conor Murray (born 20 April 1989) is an Irish rugby union player who plays for Munster in the Pro14 and European Rugby Champions Cup. He plays as a scrum-half and represents Garryowen Football Club in Division 1A of the All-Ireland League. Internationally, Murray has represented Ireland and the British and Irish Lions.

Early life[edit]

Murray was born in Limerick, Ireland, where attended St. Munchin's College and was part of the same Munster Schools Rugby Senior Cup squad as current Munster and Ireland colleague Keith Earls.[1]

Munster[edit]

2010–2014[edit]

Murray made his competitive debut for Munster against Connacht in the Celtic 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] 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]

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 Pro14 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.

During Munster's first 2012–13 Heineken Cup game on 13 October 2012 against Racing 92, Murray gave away a penalty late in the game to give Racing the lead, and they went on to achieve an unlikely win.[14] His performance improved in Munster's second pool match against Edinburgh on 21 October, with Murray scoring Munster's first of four tries in a 33–0 bonus-point victory.[15] Murray scored a try in Munster's crucial victory against Edinburgh on 13 January 2013,[16] and he scored again as Munster beat Racing 92 29–6 to secure a place in the quarter-finals.[17] He started in Munster 18–12 Heineken Cup quarter-final victory over Harlequins on 7 April 2013.[18] Murray also started the 16–10 semi-final defeat to Clermont Auvergne.[19]

Conor Murray playing scrum-half for Munster

Murray started for Munster against Edinburgh in their opening round 29–23 defeat in the 2013–14 Heineken Cup on 12 October 2013.[20] He again started for Munster in the second round game against Gloucester on 19 October 2013, which Munster won 26–10.[21] He started Munster's 36–8 win against Perpignan on 8 December 2013, but went off injured in the first-half.[22] Murray signed a new two-year contract with Munster and the IRFU in December 2013.[23] As a result of a knee injury he suffered against Perpignan, Murray was ruled out for six weeks.[24]

Murray returned to full training on 6 January 2014, two weeks ahead of schedule.[25] Murray started the 20–7 away win against Gloucester on 11 January 2013, a win that secured quarter-final qualification.[26] He started against Edinburgh on 19 January 2014, scoring a try in the 38–6 Round 6 win that secured a home quarter-final.[27] Murray started in Munster's 47–23 Heineken Cup quarter-final win against Toulouse on 5 April 2014.[28] He started in Munster's 24–16 semi-final defeat against Toulon on 27 April 2014.[29] He converted two tries for Munster in their 55–12 win against Edinburgh on 3 May 2014.[30] Murray won the 2014 Munster Senior Player of the Year Award on 8 May 2014.[31]

Murray captained Munster against Ospreys on 27 September 2014.[32] He was Man-of-the-Match in Munster's 34–23 win against Leinster on 4 October 2014.[33] Murray started in Munster's first European Rugby Champions Cup game against Sale Sharks on 18 October 2014, scoring a try.[34] He started against Saracens in Round 2 of the Champions Cup on 24 October 2014, earning the Man-of-the-Match award in the 14–3 win for Munster.[35] Murray started against Clermont Auvergne on 6 December 2014.[36] He also started in the reverse fixture against Clermont on 14 December 2014.[37]

2015–2018[edit]

Murray was ruled out of the game against Saracens on 17 January 2015 with a neck injury.[38] He also missed the final pool game against Sale Sharks on 25 January 2015 because of the injury. Murray scored a try and won the Man-of-the-Match award in Munster's 34–3 win against Edinburgh on 11 April 2015.[39] He scored a hat-trick of tries and won the Man-of-the-Match award in Munster's 50–27 win against Dragons on 16 May 2015.[40]

Murray started the opening pool game of the 2015–16 European Rugby Champions Cup against Benetton on 14 November 2015.[41] He started against Leicester Tigers in the Champions Cup on 12 December 2015.[42] In January 2016, Murray signed a new three-year contract with Munster and the IRFU, which will see him remain with the province until the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.[43] On 24 September 2016, Murray scored two tries in Munster's 28–14 win against Edinburgh.[44] On 6 May 2017, Murray made his return from the injury he sustained during the 2017 Six Nations when he came off the bench in Munster's 2016–17 Pro12 fixture against Connacht.[45] On 10 May 2017, Murray won the Rugby Players Ireland Players' Player of the Year Award, becoming the third Munster player in a row to win the accolade after CJ Stander (2016) and Paul O'Connell (2015).[46] On 27 May 2017, Murray won his 100th cap for Munster when he started against Scarlets in the 2017 Pro12 Grand Final, which the Welsh side won 46–22.[47][48] Murray won the Rugby Writers of Ireland Player of the Year award in October 2017.[49] Murray scored Munster's first try in their 20–19 win against Toulon in the quarter-finals of the 2017–18 European Rugby Champions Cup on 31 March 2018.[50] He scored a try and a 65th minute 57-metre penalty to earn Munster a 19–17 away win against Cheetahs on 13 April 2018, a win that secured a home quarter-final for the province in the league play-offs.[51] Murray was nominated for the Rugby Players Ireland Players' Player of the Year award, an accolade he'd won the previous season, when the nominees were announced in April 2018.[52]

Ireland[edit]

2011–2014[edit]

Murray was selected in Ireland's training squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup warm-ups in August.[53] He made his Ireland debut against France as a substitute on 13 August 2011.[54] His second cap came two weeks later against England, again as a substitute.[55] He was also selected in Ireland's final 30-man squad for the World Cup in New Zealand.[56] Murray's first start, and third cap, came against the United States in Ireland's opening Pool C match of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.[57] Murray came off the bench during Ireland's historic 15–6 victory against Australia at the World Cup.[58] He started for Ireland in their final Pool C game against Italy, putting a strong performance as Ireland won 36–6.[59] He was retained as scrum-half in Ireland's quarter-final against Wales, which Ireland lost 22–10.[60]

He was selected in Ireland's 24-man squad for the 2012 Six Nations Championship.[61] 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 23–21.[62] 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.[63] Murray retained the Ireland number 9 jersey for the first test against New Zealand on 9 June 2012.[64] He also started the second test against New Zealand a week later and, during the game, scored his first try for Ireland.[65] Murray started the third test, which Ireland lost 60–0, their heaviest ever defeat.[66]

Murray continued in the number 9 jersey for Ireland's opening 2012 Guinness Series test against South Africa on 10 November 2012.[67] Murray also started in Ireland's uncapped friendly against Fiji on 17 November 2012,[68] and against Argentina on 24 November 2012.[69]

Murray was named in Ireland's training squad for the 2013 Six Nations Championship on 17 January 2013.[70] He started at scrum-half for Ireland's opening 30–22 win against Wales on 2 February 2013,[71] their 12–6 defeat to England on 10 February 2013,[72] and the 12–8 loss to Scotland.[73] He put in an outstanding performance to win the Man-of-the Match award in Ireland's 13–13 draw with France.[74] He started in Ireland's final game of the tournament, a 22–15 loss to Italy, on 16 March 2013.[75]

On 23 October 2013, Murray was named in the Ireland squad for the 2013 Autumn Tests.[76] He started against Samoa on 9 November 2013.[77] He came off the bench against Australia on 16 November 2013.[78] Murray regained his starting place for the test against New Zealand on 24 November 2013, scoring his second try for Ireland during the game, which New Zealand narrowly won 24–22..[79]

On 27 January 2014, Murray was named in Ireland's 34-man squad for the opening two fixtures of the 2014 Six Nations Championship.[80] He started against Scotland on 2 February 2014.[81] Murray started against Wales on 8 February 2014.[82] Murray started in the 13–10 loss to England on 22 February 2014.[83] He started against Italy on 8 March 2014.[84] Murray started the 22–20 win away to France on 15 March 2014, a win that secured the 2014 Championship for Ireland.[85]

Murray was named in the Ireland squad for their 2014 Tour to Argentina on 19 May 2014.[86] He started the first test against Argentina on 7 June 2014.[87] Murray was named in the Ireland squad for the 2014 Guinness Series on 21 October 2014.[88] He started in the 29–15 win against South Africa on 8 November 2014, setting up Tommy Bowe's try.[89] Murray also started in the 26–23 win against Australia on 22 November 2014.[90]

2015–2018[edit]

He was named in the Ireland squad for the opening rounds of the 2015 Six Nations Championship on 1 February 2015.[91] He started against Italy on 7 February 2015, scoring a try in Ireland's 26–3 win.[92] Murray started against France on 14 February 2015.[93] He started in the 19–9 win against England on 1 March 2015.[94] Murray started against Wales on 14 March 2015.[95] He started against Scotland on 21 March 2015.[96] England's failure to score enough points against France meant Ireland won the 2015 Six Nations Championship, the first time Ireland have won back-to-back championships since 1948–49.[97] Murray was nominated for the IRUPA Players' Player of the Year 2015 Award in April 2015.[98]

Murray was named in the 45-man training squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup on 24 June 2015.[99] He started the warm-up game against Wales on 29 August 2015.[100] Murray was selected in the final 31-man squad for the World Cup when it was announced on 1 September 2015.[101] He started in the final warm-up game against England on 5 September 2015.[102] Murray started the opening pool game against Canada on 19 September 2015.[103] He came off the bench in the second pool game against Romania on 27 September 2015.[104] Murray started against Italy on 4 October 2015.[105] He started against France on 11 October 2015, scoring the second try in Ireland's 24–9 win.[106] Murray started for Ireland in their 43–20 quarter-final defeat against Argentina on 18 October 2015.[107]

On 20 January 2016, Murray was named in Ireland's 35-man squad for the 2016 Six Nations Championship.[108] On 7 February 2016, Murray started against Wales in Ireland's opening match of the Six Nations, scoring a try in the 16–16 draw.[109] On 13 February 2016, Murray started against France in Ireland's second game of the Six Nations.[110] On 27 February 2016, Murray scored a try in Ireland's 21–10 defeat against England. Murray was nominated for the 2016 6 Nations Player of the Tournament award, alongside Ireland teammate Jonathan Sexton.[111]

On 25 May 2016, Murray was named in the 32-man Ireland squad to tour South Africa in a 3-test series.[112] On 11 June 2016, Murray started in the first test against South Africa, scoring a try in Ireland's historic 26–20 win.[113] On 26 October 2016, Murray was named in Ireland's squad for the 2016 end-of-year rugby union internationals.[114] On 5 November 2016, Murray started in Ireland's test against New Zealand at Soldier Field, Chicago, scoring a try and a penalty in a 40–29 win that was Ireland's first ever against the All Blacks.[115] On 23 January 2017, Murray was named in the Ireland squad for the opening two rounds of the 2017 Six Nations Championship.[116] On 25 February 2017, Murray scored a try and earned the Man-of-the-Match award in Ireland's 19–9 win against France.[117] Following his performances in the tournament, Murray was nominated for the 2017 RBS 6 Nations Player of the Championship award, alongside teammate CJ Stander.[118]

He started in Ireland's wins against South Africa and Argentina during the 2017 Autumn Internationals.[119][120] Murray started every game for Ireland as they won a Grand Slam in the 2018 Six Nations Championship, scoring tries against Italy, Scotland and England, whilst also earning the Man-of-the-Match award against Italy and scoring penalties against Wales and England.[121][122][123][124][125]

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.[126] He came on as a substitute in the opening fixture of the tour against the Barbarians on 1 June 2013.[127] Murray started in the Lions 69–17 victory against Western Force on 5 June 2013.[128] 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.[129] Murray came off the bench against Brumbies on 18 June 2013.[130] He started against Melbourne Rebels on 25 June 2013, scoring his second try of the tour during the game.[131] Murray came off the bench during the second test against Australia to win his first cap for the Lions on 29 June 2013.[132] He also came off the bench during the Lions third test victory, a win which secured the series win for the Lions.[133]

2017[edit]

In April 2017, Murray was selected in the British and Irish Lions squad for the 2017 tour to New Zealand, his second Lions call-up.[134] On 10 June 2017, Murray made his first appearance and start for the Lions on the tour, doing so in the match against the Crusaders in AMI Stadium.[135][136] On 17 June, Murray made his second appearance of the tour, starting in the Lions record 32–10 victory against the Māori All Blacks in Rotorua International Stadium.[137] On 24 June, Murray started for the Lions in their 30–15 first test defeat against New Zealand in Eden Park, making his first test start for the side.[138][139] On 1 July, Murray started the second test against the All Blacks, scoring a try in the Lions 24–21 victory in Westpac Stadium. It was the Lions' first test win against New Zealand since 1993 and the first time New Zealand had lost a test at home since losing to South Africa in 2009.[140][141] Murray's try made him the first northern hemisphere player to score four tries against New Zealand.[142] On 8 July, Murray started in the third and final test, a 15–15 draw which meant the series against the All Blacks ended in a draw as well.[143][144]

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.[145]

Statistics[edit]

International tries[edit]

Try Opposing team Location Venue Competition Date Result
1  New Zealand Christchurch Rugby League Park 2012 Ireland Tour 16 June 2012 Lost
2  New Zealand Dublin Aviva Stadium 2013 November Tests 24 November 2013 Lost
3  Italy Rome Stadio Olimpico 2015 Six Nations 7 February 2015 Won
4  France Cardiff Millennium Stadium 2015 Rugby World Cup 11 October 2015 Won
5  Wales Dublin Aviva Stadium 2016 Six Nations 7 February 2016 Drew
6  England London Twickenham Stadium 2016 Six Nations 27 February 2016 Lost
7  Scotland Dublin Aviva Stadium 2016 Six Nations 19 March 2016 Won
8  South Africa Cape Town Newlands Stadium 2016 Ireland Tour 11 June 2016 Won
9  New Zealand Chicago Soldier Field 2016 November Tests 5 November 2016 Won
10  France Dublin Aviva Stadium 2017 Six Nations 25 February 2017 Won
11  New Zealand Wellington Wellington Stadium 2017 British & Irish Lions Tour 1 July 2017 Won
12  Italy Dublin Aviva Stadium 2018 Six Nations 10 February 2018 Won
13  Scotland Dublin Aviva Stadium 2018 Six Nations 10 March 2018 Won

International analysis by opposition[edit]

Against Played Won Lost Drawn Tries Points % Won
 Argentina 4 3 1 0 0 0 75
 Australia* 8 5 3 0 0 0 62.5
 Canada 1 1 0 0 0 0 100
 England 7 2 5 0 1 8 28.57
 France 9 5 2 2 2 10 55.56
 Italy 9 8 1 0 2 10 88.89
 New Zealand* 9 2 6 1 4 23 22.22
 Romania 1 1 0 0 0 0 100
 Samoa 1 1 0 0 0 0 100
 Scotland 6 4 2 0 1 10 66.67
 South Africa 6 3 3 0 1 5 50
 United States 1 1 0 0 0 0 100
 Wales 9 3 5 1 1 8 33.33
Total 71 39 28 4 13 74 54.93

Correct as of 16 June 2018[146] * indicates inclusion of caps for British and Irish Lions

Honours[edit]

Munster[edit]

Ireland[edit]

British and Irish Lions[edit]

  • British and Irish Lions tours:

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