- Date of Birth19 Apr 1978
- BirthplaceDublin, Ireland
Premiership Rugby’s most decorated player, Geordan Murphy ended his 16th and final season with Leicester Tigers in 2012/13 by celebrating the eighth Premiership title of his career before joining the club’s coaching staff.
After just one season in senior rugby with Naas in Ireland, Murphy arrived in Leicester as a teenager, lodging with Martin Johnson’s family in Market Harborough.
He made his Tigers debut against Rotherham in November 1997 and made the last of 322 appearances in a win over London Irish in May 2013. He scored 93 tries and 691 points, playing in four European Cup Finals (winning in 2001 and 2002, and as captain in 2009) and in a record seven Premiership Finals at Twickenham.
He is also Leicester’s leading try-scorer and appearance holder in European rugby and is 17th on the club’s all-time tryscorers’ chart.
Despite spending almost 16 years abroad, he played 72 Tests for Ireland and made seven appearances (including Tests against Argentina and New Zealand) with the British & Lions.
Moving into coaching in the summer of 2013, he led Tigers to the Final of the JP Morgan Premiership Sevens for the first time that summer and led the run to the Anglo-Welsh Cup Final victory in 2016/17 when Tigers became the first three-time winners of the tournament.