Now in his third year at the University of Canberra Brumbies, Ruaidhri Murphy has flourished into a mainstay of the team’s match-day 23. Born and raised in Ireland, Murphy represented his country of birth at schools and Under 20’s levels before making a name for himself in the Brisbane club competition with Easts. A former Exeter Chiefs player in the English Premiership who started his career at Leinster playing aged-grade rugby for Ireland, Murphy has brought a distinct European flavour to the UC Brumbies front row and the team’s scrum has profited accordingly. Since arriving at the UC Brumbies, the scrum has developed to now be amongst the competition’s best with plenty of the credit for that rise resting squarely on Murphy’s battle weary shoulders. Suffering a knee injury while playing for Gungahlin, Murphy was forced into a knee reconstruction ruling him out of the back half of the 2013 Super Rugby season. But despite his game time being limited to just three appearances in 2013, Murphy had completed the bulk of his rehabilitation work by the start of 2014 pre-season and looks set to shake up selections heading into the new season.
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