- Noel Murphy (rugby player born 1937)
Noel Murphy Full name Noel Arthur Augustine Murphy Date of birth 22 February 1937 Place of birth County Cork
Notable relative(s) Noel Murphy Sr (father)
Kenny Murphy (son)
Rugby union career Playing career Position Flanker Professional / senior clubs Years Club / team Caps (points) 19xx-19xx
Provincial/State sides Years Club / team Caps (points) Munster National team(s) Years Club / team Caps (points) 1958-1969
Noel Arthur Augustine Murphy (born 22 February 1937) is a former Irish rugby union player who represented Munster, Ireland, the British Lions and the Barbarians as a flanker. He also played club rugby for both Cork Constitution and Garryowen. Since retiring as a player, Murphy has remained actively involved in rugby union, both as a coach and administrator.
Murphy is a member of one Ireland's most renowned rugby families. Both his father, Noel Sr, and his son Kenny Murphy have also represented Ireland at rugby. They are the first, and to date, only family to have a father, son and grandson capped at senior level.
Between 1958 and 1969, Murphy won 41 caps for Ireland. He also scored 5 tries (15 points) and was Ireland captain on five occasions. He made his international debut on 18 January 1958 in a 9-6 win against Australia at Lansdowne Road. He then went onto to play for Ireland in all four games during the 1958, 1959 and 1960 Five Nations Championships. He scored his first Ireland try against Wales on 12 March 1960 in a 10-9 defeat at Lansdowne. Murphy also played in all four games in the 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967 and 1969 Five Nations Championships and scored further tries against England in 1964, and against Scotland in 1965 and 1967. Murphy captained Ireland for the first time on 21 January 1967 in a 15-8 win at Lansdowne against Australia and was subsequently captain during the 1967 Five Nations Championship. He scored his final Ireland try against England in a 17-15 win at Lansdowne on 8 February 1969. He then made his final appearance for Ireland on 8 March 1969 against Wales. His Ireland career ended in controversial circumstances when he was involved in a punch up with Welsh lock Brian Price
Murphy also toured twice with the British Lions and was a member of their squad for both the 1959 and 1966 tours of Australia and New Zealand. He made his Lions debut on 30 May 1959 against New South Wales and marked the occasion with a try. He played in 18 games during the 1959 tour and a scored further four tries, one each against Canterbury and Bay of Plenty/Thames Valley and two against North Auckland. He made his Test debut for the Lions against Australia on 13 June 1959. During the same tour he also played in three further Tests against New Zealand. Murphy also played 17 games and scored 3 tries on the 1966 tour. Two of his tries came in the opening game against Western Australia on 7 May. He played in four Test games, two against Australia and two against New Zealand. He scored his third try of the tour in the second test against Australia on 4 June 1966.
Coach and Administrator
After retiring as a player Murphy coached Cork Constitution, Munster and then Ireland between 1977 and 1980. He also coached the British Lions on their 1980 South Africa tour. He has also served as president of Cork Constitution, the Munster Branch and the IRFU. He is currently one of Ireland's representatives on the International Rugby Board and is on the organising committee of the Heineken Cup.
British and Irish Lions – 1966 Australia and New Zealand tour Forwards Backs Coach British and Irish Lions – 1980 South Africa tour Forwards Backs CoachMurphy Barbarian team captains - International Fixtures To 1999
Apr 1915: Edgar Mobbs(vs.Wal) • Jan 1948: Haydn Tanner(vs.Aus) • Jan 1952: Jimmy Nelson(vs.SA) • Feb 1954: Rex Willis(vs.NZ) • Feb 1958: Cliff Morgan(vs.Aus) • May 1958: Jim Greenwood(vs.East Africa) • Feb 1961: Ronnie Dawson(vs.SA) • Nov 1962: Ron Jacobs(vs.Can) • Feb 1964: Ronnie Dawson(vs.NZ) • Jan 1967: Noel Murphy(vs.Aus) • Dec 1967: Stewart Wilson(vs.NZ) • May 1969: John O'Shea(vs.Rhodesia) • Jan 1970: Gareth Edwards(vs.SA) • May 1970: John Spencer(vs.Sco XV) • Oct 1970: Frank Laidlaw(vs.Fiji) • Jan 1973: John Dawes(vs.NZ) • Nov 1974: Willie John McBride(vs.NZ) • Jan 1976: Mervyn Davies(vs.Aus) • Jun 1976: Phil Bennett(vs.Can) • Sep 1977: Gerald Davies(vs.Lions) • Dec 1978: Derek Quinnell(vs.NZ) • Jan 1982: Bill Beaumont(vs.Aus)cancelled • Mar 1983: Fergus Slattery(vs.Sco XV) • Dec 1984: Gareth Davies(vs.Aus) • May 1985: Colin Deans(vs.Ita) • Nov 1988: Philip Matthews(vs.Aus) • Nov 1989: David Sole(vs.NZ) • Sep 1990: Nick Farr-Jones(vs.Eng) • Oct 1990: Nick Farr-Jones(vs.Wales) • Nov 1990: [](vs.Arg) • Sep 1991: [](vs.Sco) • Jun 1992: [](vs.Rus) • Nov 1992: [](vs.Aus) • Dec 1993: Scott Hastings(vs.NZ) • Jun 1994: [](vs.Zim) • Dec 1994: Robert Jones(vs.SA) • 1996: [](vs.Ire) • Aug 1996: [](vs.Sco) • Aug 1996: Arran Pene(vs.Wal) • Dec 1996: [](vs.Aus) •
May 2000: Ian Jones(vs.Ire) • May 2000: Zinzan Brooke(vs.Sco) • Aug 2000: [](vs.Ger) • Dec 2000: Lawrence Dallaglio(vs.SA) • May 2001: [](vs.Wal) • May 2001: Tim Horan(vs.Sco) • May 2001: Gary Teichmann(vs.Eng) • Nov 2001: Rob Howley(vs.Aus) • May 2002: Todd Blackadder(vs.Eng) • May 2002: Pat Lam(vs.Wal) • Jun 2002: Ian Jones(vs.Sco) • May 2003: Taine Randell (vs.Eng) • May 2003: Mick Galwey (vs.Sco) • May 2003: Mark Connors (vs.Wal) • May 2004: Taine Randell (vs.Sco) • May 2004: Matt Burke (vs.Wal) • May 2004: Anton Oliver (vs.Eng) • Jun 2004: Rob Baxter (vs.Por) • Dec 2004: Justin Marshall (vs.NZ) • May 2005: David Humphreys (vs.Sco) • May 2005: Corné Krige (vs.Eng) • May 2006: Raphaël Ibañez (vs.Eng) • May 2006: Will Greenwood (vs.Sco) • Jun 2006: Bobby Skinstad (vs.Geo) • May 2007: Hugh Vyvyan (vs.Tun) • Jun 2007: Hugh Vyvyan (vs.Esp) • Dec 2007: Mark Regan (vs.SA) • May 2008: [] (vs.Bel) • May 2008: Morgan Turinui (vs.Ire) • Jun 2008: Mark Regan (vs.Eng) • Dec 2008: John Smit (vs.Aus) • May 2009: Martin Corry (vs.Eng) • Jun 2009: Phil Waugh (vs.Aus) • Dec 2009: Victor Matfield (vs.NZ) • May 2010: Xavier Rush (vs.Eng) • Jun 2010: Xavier Rush (vs.Ire) • Dec 2010: Matt Giteau (vs.SA) • May 2011: Sergio Parisse (vs. Eng) • Jun 2011: Sergio Parisse (vs. Wal)
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