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Geordan Murphy has been interim head coach of the Leicester Tigers since September 2018, following on from Matt O’Connor. He spent sixteen years as a player with the Tigers before he joined the coaching squad, beginning as the assistant backs coach in Richard Cockerill’s coaching team.
Murphy began his career playing Gaelic football, then achieved his initial U18 rugby cap for Ireland in 1997. He continued in Ireland U21 rugby, whilst also beginning to make appearances with the Tigers’ first team squad. His first played on the squad in 1997, in their game against Rotherham.
Murphy’s playing career went on until May 2013, and his last game was a triumphant one, leading his team to victory against London Irish. Highlights of his career include an English Premiership win and a Guinness Premiership win against the Saracens as captain of the Tigers, as well as playing for Ireland when they won the Six Nations Championship and Grand Slam in 2009.
Since becoming a coach, Murphy has been behind the Leicester Tigers’ 2016-17 win in the Anglo-Welsh Cup. This was, in fact, the first trophy the Tigers had won during the time Murphy had been a member of the coaching squad. He then acted as head coach during the Leicester vs Bath game in September 2017.