Waylon Murray

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Waylon Murray
Waylon Murray 2007 med.jpg
Personal information
Full name Waylon Michael Murray
Born (1986-04-27) 27 April 1986 (age 30)
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
Club information
Playing position Centre
Current club Eastern Province Kings
Youth career
2004–2005 Sharks
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Pts)
2005–2010 Sharks (Currie Cup) 60 (90)
2006–2010 Sharks 41 (25)
2010–2012 Golden Lions 19 (25)
2011–2012 Lions 14 (15)
2013 Kings 8 (0)
2013 Eastern Province Kings 1 (0)
2013–2014 Blue Bulls 14 (10)
2014 Bulls 0 (0)
2015 Sharks 8 (0)
2015 Sharks (Currie Cup) 1 (0)
2016 Eastern Province Kings 5 (0)
2017–present Kings 0 (0)
Representative team(s)
2006 South Africa Under-21 5 (15)
2007 South Africa 4 (0)

* Senior club appearances and points correct as of 9 October 2016.
† Appearances (Points).

‡ Representative team caps and points correct as of 23 February 2013.

Waylon Michael Murray (born 25 April 1986 in Durban, South Africa) is a rugby union player, currently playing for the Kings. He stands 190 cm tall and weighs in at 105 kg and plays the position of centre or wing.[1][2]

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.

Career[edit]

Sharks[edit]

During his debut season in the 2006 Currie Cup and Super 14 season for the 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 as the first choice centres were being rested for the World Cup. However he narrowly missed selection to the victorious South Africa squad for the 2007 Rugby World Cup.[3] The Murray and Barritt 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 Barritt 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.

Lions[edit]

On 7 June 2010, the Sharks agreed to release him from his contract so he could join the Lions.

Kings[edit]

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,[4] 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.[5]

Bulls[edit]

After the 2013 Super Rugby season, he joined the Blue Bulls, signing a contract at the team until October 2015.[6] 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.

Sharks (2015)[edit]

He returned to Durban, where he linked up with the Sharks for pre-season training prior to the 2015 Super Rugby season.[7] He was released by the Sharks in November 2015.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Waylon Murray". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Lions player profile". Lions. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Skinstad makes SA World Cup squad". BBC. 21 July 2007. Retrieved 29 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Nuwe Kings gesels". Media24 (in Afrikaans). Die Son. 26 November 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Border Bulldogs 22-30 Eastern Province Kings". South African Rugby Union. 16 March 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "Bulls swoop for Murray". SA Rugby Magazine. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Sharks looks to Mooar for spark". Business Day. 26 November 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Training squad announcement" (Press release). Sharks. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2015.