Irish fullback Geordan Murphy returned to action last night when he played 50 minutes for the Leicester Tigers in a friendly match against Montpellier.
The player came through the test unscathed and will now be hoping to prove his fitness ahead of the World Cup next month.
Murphy was making his comeback after a broken foot and ankle and showed no ill effects in a match Montpellier won 50-24.
Tigers’ Director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: “Geordy had 50 minutes for the first time in several months and so did Mathew Tait. These guys have had long injuries so it is good to get them back on the pitch.”
However, realistically Murphy would have to play for Ireland in the return game against France at the Aviva stadium if he is to have any serious chance of making the final squad for New Zealand.