Noel Murphy

The British

& Irish Lions

Tour to New Zealand 2017

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Noel Murphy

Noel Murphy

DOB22nd Feb 1937
BirthplaceCork
Height1.84 m
Weight92 kg
PositionFlanker
HonoursIreland / Lions

Two tours, eight Tests

(1959: 4 Tests; 1966: 4 Tests)
Coach: 1980

Noel Murphy's success as a Lion was both instant and enduring. He played his first Test for the tourists as a 22-year-old in 1959, returned to New Zealand and Australia as one of the squad's senior figures in 1966 and ultimately coached the side in South Africa in 1980.

On his first tour, the all-action Irishman was the sort of openside flanker New Zealanders admired: a scourge of opposing half-backs, physically hard, mentally tough and a powerful tackler.

His previous existence as a schoolboy scrum-half had also equipped him with a sharp pair of hands and an eye for an opening. He scored five tries in his 18 matches in New Zealand and Australia, as well as a hat-trick against Canada on the way home.

A broken collar-bone cost him a place on the 1962 tour to South Africa , and when he made his second tour to New Zealand, in 1966, Murphy was now a specialist on the blindside of the scrum.

He was just as effective as he had been at openside, with his strength and robust tackling to the fore, although even his commitment and energy could not stem the mighty All Black tide that swamped the Lions that year.

Although the captaincy passed to Wales outside half David Watkins when Mike Campbell-Lamerton dropped himself from the Test side, the Lions of 1966 still relied on Murphy's direction up front to a significant degree.

"It didn't matter whether he was captain or not," said Ireland and Lions team-mate Ray McLoughlin of the Corkman nicknamed 'Noisy', "he wouldn't shut up."

Murphy's motivational qualities and tactical awareness led him into coaching after he made his final appearance for his country in 1969. And after coaching Ireland during the late 1970s, he took the reins of the Lions in South Africa in 1980.

Current Season Stats

Date Opposition Tries Conv DG Pen YC RC Pts Mins
07/05/1966
Western Australia
2





6

14/05/1966
Victoria








21/05/1966
NSW Waratahs








28/05/1966
Australia








04/06/1966
Australia
1





3

11/06/1966
Southland








18/06/1966
Otago








29/06/1966
Marlborough/Nelson Bays








02/07/1966
Taranaki








27/07/1966
Manawatu/Horowhenua








30/07/1966
Auckland








06/08/1966
New Zealand








13/08/1966
Maoris








17/08/1966
Poverty Bay/East Coast








20/08/1966
Hawkes Bay








27/08/1966
New Zealand








06/09/1966
Counties/Thames Valley








17/09/1966
Canada
2





6

Total Played 18 5
0
0
0
0
0
15
0

Previous Season Stats

CompetitionTeamPlayedTriesConvDGPenYCRCPts
1965-1966 - British & Irish Lions Tour
British & Irish Lions
18
5





15
1965-1966 Total

18
5





15
1958-1959 - British & Irish Lions Tour
British & Irish Lions
19
8





24
1958-1959 Total

19
8





24
Total - British & Irish Lions Tour

37
13





39
Total

37
13
0
0
0
0
0
39