Paul Moriarty (rugby)
|Full name||William Paul Moriarty|
16 July 1964 |
Morriston, Swansea, Wales
|1994–96||Halifax Blue Sox|
|1996 (loan)||→ South Wales||5||1||0||0||4|
William Paul Moriarty (born 16 July 1964) is a Welsh former international rugby union and rugby league footballer. He played rugby union for Swansea and represented Wales before joining rugby league club Widnes, winning the 1989 World Club Challenge and also representing Great Britain. Moriarty later moved to Halifax and represented Wales in two Rugby League World Cups. He later returned to rugby union, working in a number of different coaching roles and is currently employed as assistant coach at Newcastle Falcons. Paul's older brother, Richard Moriarty, also played rugby union for Swansea and Wales. Paul's son Ross Moriarty is also a professional rugby union player.
A second row or back row forward, Moriarty played rugby union for Swansea RFC and was in the Wales squad for the 1987 Rugby World Cup, helping his country to third place and scoring a try in the 22–21 third place play-off victory over Australia.
Professional playing career
Moriarty switched to rugby league with champions Widnes. He was selected to play on the interchange bench for Widnes in their 1989 World Club Challenge victory over the Canberra Raiders. Moriarty also gained caps for the Great Britain Lions against Papua New Guinea in 1991 and France in 1994. He moved to Halifax for the 1994-95 Rugby Football League season and was included in the Wales squad for the 1995 Rugby League World Cup.
Moriarty returned to rugby union when the code officially became professional and rejoined Swansea. A few years later following an injury crisis for the Welsh rugby league side's forward pack during the 2000 Rugby League World Cup, 36-year-old Moriarty was recalled to the side.
After coach John Plumtree's departure in November 2001, Moriarty became player-coach and, along with Tony Clement, ensured Swansea qualified for the 2002–03 Heineken Cup despite being fourth from bottom of the Welsh-Scottish League when they took over.
Welsh professional rugby was regionalised in time for the 2003–04 season, at which time Moriarty joined the Llanelli Scarlets as forwards coach, becoming part of then-head coach Gareth Jenkins' backroom staff. He remained at the club throughout the following tenures of Phil Davies and Nigel Davies. He became head coach of Principality Welsh Premiership champions Cardiff for the 2009–10 season, and although the Arms Park club qualified for the playoffs despite only finishing seventh, they fell at the first hurdle to Llanelli.