12/13/2011

Murphy and Hegarty earn promotions


The Brumbies have moved to fill the last gap in their 2012 playing roster by promoting two players further up their squad.

Ruaidhri Murphy has now claimed a position with the fulltime squad while his Extended Playing Squad position has been filled by Anthony Hegarty.

Murphy is an international import having moved to Canberra from Ireland where he represented his country of birth at Under 20’s level.

Having spent a large part of his youth in Perth where his father owns a business, Murphy has a strong appreciation for Australia and has suggested his long term goal was to represent the Wallabies.

A strong prop who can switch between loose and tight head, Murphy will compete for a spot in the Brumbies squad with world-class bookends like Dan Palmer and Ben Alexander.

“I’ve been impressed by the way Ruaidhry has taken on the extra responsibility at training and how he has fitted straight into the squad,” Head Coach Jake White said.

“He is a quality player and I’m pleased to be able to offer him a spot in our fulltime 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.”

Another nuggety front-rower who spends his time at Hooker, Hegarty returns to the Brumbies for the coming season having claimed six caps in 2011 filling in for Stephen Moore and Huia Edmonds.

Since then Hegarty has impressed with his enthusiasm and willingness to be involved with everything at training. 

Hegarty is a tough competitor and quality ball-runner. Combining these features with his textbook tackling technique the Brumbies have snared themselves a quality rugby player for the final spot in.

A Canberra youngster, Hegarty was a schoolboy star during his days at Marist College and went on to represent the ACT schools team on several occasions.