Jordi Murphy (born 22 April 1991) is an Irish international rugby player. He plays for provincial and Pro14 League side Ulster as a loose forward, and also plays for the Ireland national rugby union team.
Murphy playing for Ireland against Romania during the 2015 Rugby World Cup
|Birth name||Jordi Murphy|
|Date of birth||22 April 1991|
|Place of birth||Barcelona, Spain|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||106 kg (16 st 10 lb; 234 lb)|
|Rugby union career|
Murphy was born in Barcelona to Irish parents, Conor Murphy and Nicola Carroll. He was named after Catalonia's patron saint St. Jordi,  a decision which was influenced by the nurses on duty the night of his birth as the following day was the St Jordi's Day festival. Murphy moved to Dublin at the age of nine where he attended Willow Park primary school.
Murphy played rugby with Blackrock and was part of a successful junior side which won the Leinster Schools Junior Cup in 2006 against Gonzaga College. He later went on to captain the senior side who won the Leinster Senior Cup in 2009. Blackrock triumphed over Terenure in the final with an 18–9 victory making it their 66th senior title.
At the beginning of the 2011–12 Pro 12 League season Leinster had 14 players unavailable for selection as they were representing Ireland in the 2011 Rugby World Cup. With a depleted squad and some impressive displays this led to Murphy getting his first senior appearance in their third game of the season. The match was a 19–23 home defeat against Scottish side Glasgow Warriors with Murphy coming on as substitute in the 45th minute replacing Dominic Ryan. In the following league match on 24 September 2011 he made his first competitive start for Leinster in 15–10 away victory against Scarlets in which Fijian Isa Nacewa scored all of the Leinster points. The match was Scarlets 5000th game in the region's 139-year history.
Murphy scored his first try for the province against Cardiff Blues in a nine try victory. In the same match he also picked up the man-of-the-match award. On 15 December 2012, he made his Heineken Cup debut late on against Clermont Auvergne, replacing injured team-mate Shane Jennings. Towards the end of the season he was named Powerade Young Player of the Year at Leinster Rugby's Annual Awards Ceremony held at the Mansion House in Dublin. Only a matter of days later Murphy captained Leinster 'A' to victory over Newcastle Falcons in the final of the British and Irish Cup.
Murphy moved to Ulster for the 2018-2019 season.
Murphy represented Ireland at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-20 levels. In the summer of 2013 Murphy was selected for an Emerging Ireland squad for the 2013 IRB Tbilisi Cup. He went on to play in all three matches against Georgia, South Africa President's XV and Uruguay. Ireland ended the competition as runners-up with Murphy providing an assist in final match for a Niall Annett try.
He gained his first senior cap for Ireland as a second-half replacement against England at Twickenham in the 2014 RBS 6 Nations on 22 February 2014, winning further caps that year against Italy (8 March) and Argentina (7 June and 14 June). He was a member of Ireland's successful 2015 Six Nations squad, starting in two test matches (Italy, England) and coming on as a replacement against France, Wales and Scotland during that campaign. In September 2015 he was selected as a member of the 31-man Ireland squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Murphy scored Ireland’s first try in the historic 40-29 defeat of New Zealand — then back-to-back world champions — on 5 November, 2016 at Soldier Field, Chicago, but was stretchered off later in the game with what proved to be an ACL injury to his left knee.
Despite returning to the national team, scoring a try in the final warm-up game (against Italy) prior to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, coach Joe Schmidt did not select Murphy as part of the squad for Japan, opting instead to fill the final back-row slot with Murphy’s former Leinster teammate, Rhys Ruddock. However he was subsequently drafted into the squad, arriving in Japan on 29 September, following the broken foot that Jack Conan suffered in training.  Murphy slotted straight into the No. 8 role for Ireland's 35-0 win over Russia, but was taken off after 27 minutes, with Ireland up 14-0, following a dislocated rib, and was replaced by CJ Stander.
Murphy is currently studying business at Dublin Institute of Technology. In 2009 he received Blackrock's sports personality of the year award presented to him by Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll. He is the grandson of Irish Olympian, Noel Carroll.
- As of match played 17 February 2018.
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