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Damon Murphy (born 15 December 1984) is an Australian professional rugby union referee and a former national captain for Australia in rugby sevens.[2] His usual position was on the wing.

Damon Murphy
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Birth nameDamon Murphy
Date of birth (1984-12-15) 15 December 1984 (age 34)
Place of birthBrisbane, Australia
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight80 kg (12 st 8 lb; 176 lb)
SchoolNudgee College
Notable relative(s)Dallan Murphy (brother)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Referee
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2003–2013 Brothers Old Boys [1] 155 ()
2007 Rebels (ARC) 8 (20)
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012 Queensland 1 (0)
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2004–2010 Australia 7s
Refereeing career
Years Competition Apps
2016–pres.
2016–pres.
World Rugby Sevens
NRC
11
5
Correct as of 28 January 2018

Family and early lifeEdit

Damon Murphy was born in Brisbane and educated at Nudgee College. His younger brother Dallan Murphy also became a professional rugby union player.

Rugby careerEdit

Murphy played club rugby for Brothers Old Boys, where he was the club's all-time leading try scorer [citation needed] with 96 tries during his career there spanning eleven seasons. He was selected for the Australian 7s team in 2004. After three seasons, including representing his country at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne,[3] he refocused on fifteen-a-side rugby and signed with the Melbourne Rebels to play in the Australian Rugby Championship.[4]

Resuming his career with the national sevens team, Murphy was Australia's leading points scorer in the 2007–08 World Series.[5] He played in the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens. He also captained the side.[2]

Murphy played for the Queensland Reds in 2012,[6] although was not selected for Super Rugby.

Refereeing careerEdit

Murphy made a rapid rise up the refereeing ranks in 2016, making his debut with the whistle in both Queensland Premier Rugby and Australia's National Rugby Championship in that year.[7] He joined the World Rugby Sevens Series referees panel for the 2016–17 season.[3][8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Queensland referees to feature on world stage". Reds Rugby. 7 October 2017. Archived from the original on 31 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b Partland, Warren (2 April 2009). "Murphy's mission". The Advertiser. Adelaide. Archived from the original on 29 June 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Former Aus 7s star Damon Murphy selected as referee". Ultimate Rugby. 6 October 2016. Archived from the original on 31 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Player Statistics". its rugby. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Brothers named in Australia Sevens squad". World Rugby. 30 January 2008. Archived from the original on 29 June 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Ben Lucas will captain Queensland Reds". news.com.au. 13 June 2012. Archived from the original on 31 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  7. ^ "ARU Referee Info: Damon Murphy". Rugby Australia. Archived from the original on 31 January 2018. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Who are the World Rugby 7s referees for 2017-18?". Rugby Referee. 30 November 2017. Archived from the original on 31 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018.

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