Ruaidhri Murphy is now enjoying his Rugby ‘down under’ and just signed up for the Brumbies recently. That apart he is enjoying life to the full ‘back home’.
Murphy is no stranger of course to Irish rugby fans since his school days at Castleknock where he played in the Leinster Senior Schools team, before later joining the Leinster Academy . Further success followed when he was part of a Grand Slam winning U-20’s side back in 2007 when team mates included Keith Earls, Cian Healy and Felix Jones to name but three.
He spent the last two seasons in English rugby with Exeter Chiefs but has always had a desire to return to Australia.
Having spent a large part of his youth in Perth where his father owns a business, Murphy has a strong appreciation for Australia and his long term goal is to represent the Wallabies.
“I’ve settled in nicely, living in Kingston with the vast majority of the team has been a great way to get the group together,” Murphy told the Brumbies website.
“Most of the boys live within one or two blocks from my front door so there are plenty of coffee opportunities.
“We’re living in each other’s pockets spending most of the day together at training and then away from rugby too so we’ve all become pretty close in a short amount of time.”
Rhuaidhri – or ‘Rory’ as it would have been spelled had he been born to Australian parents – has proudly represented Ireland at Under 19 and Under 20’s but is now keen to wear the gold of Australia.
“Moving to Canberra has been a good opportunity for me to come to terms with what it takes to be a Super Rugby player and to move into international rugby in comparison to what I’ve played before,” Murphy said.
“I learned tough lessons about professional rugby while I was young – I was involved with some of the best set ups in Europe at Exeter and Leinster.
“But being in Canberra, preparing for a Super Rugby season with the Brumbies is the dream. It’s where I want to be and what I want to do with my life.”
A strong prop who can switch between loose and tight head, Murphy will compete for a spot in the Brumbies squad with class players like Dan Palmer and Ben Alexander.
“I’ve been impressed by the way Ruaidhri has taken on the extra responsibility at training and how he has fitted straight into the squad,” Head Coach Jake White told the Brumbies website..
“He is a quality player and I’m pleased to be able to offer him a spot in our full-time squad for the coming season.
“We have one of the better front row combinations in the Super Rugby competition and I expect Ruaidhri will fit straight into that system without any troubles.”
Currently he does not meet the I.R.B’s requirements that would allow him to play for the Aussies but he is confident of getting there in the end, as he told the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.
“It shouldn’t be an issue, but in reality I don’t fit into the three categories so for the moment I’m a foreign player,” Murphy said.
“I’m hoping to get it changed and the talk is we’re going to keep fighting it because it makes no sense really.
“I’ve got pretty high aspirations for myself eventually and realistically at the end of the line I want to be a Wallaby, but at the moment it’s going to be 36 months before I’m available.
“But I’ll take it, I have to establish myself first and it’s not frustrating because I’m staying here anyway.”
You can follow Murphy’s progress via his Twitter account @ror_murphy