A scrumhalf from the Mike Phillips school of scrumhalves; Murray is tall, physically powerful and has all the other traditional scrum half attributes such as passing, reading of the game and organisational skills. He played for Ireland U20s in 2009, and made his Munster debut in April 2010 against Connacht, two days before his 21st birthday.
Declan Kidney was suitably impressed by the youngster to hand him his Ireland debut against France in August 2011. Kidney’s decision appears to have been a measured one, as Murray has proved to be the epitome of class in each of his Ireland appearances, including his appearances for Ireland during the 2011 World Cup.
He scored his first test try against New Zealand in Addington on 16 June, 2012 in a 22-19 defeat.
Murray shone for both club and country in 2013, most notably in Munster’s run to the 2013 Heineken cup semi-final, which led to his somewhat surprising inclusion in Warren Gatland’s 2013 British and Irish Lions squad to tour Australia. He has since become a regular in the Irish lineup.
He started all five games in Ireland's successful 2014 Six Nations campaign and was one of the side's stand-out performers throughout the Championship brilliantly setting up Andrew Trimble for a vital try in the win against France in Paris. He was named Munster Rugby Player of the Year at the 2014 Munster Rugby Awards before being Included in the Ireland squad for summer tour to Argentina, 2014.
Featured for Ireland in the Guinness Series victories over South Africa and Australia in November 2014 and started every game for Ireland in the successful defence of their 6 Nations title in 2015 and was later nominated for the IRUPA Player's Player of the Year, losing out to his Munster colleague Paul O'Connell.
Now widely regarded as one of the top scrum halves in the game today, Murray was selected in the Ireland squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and played a pivotal role in Ireland's run to the quarter finals. In 2016, Murray signed a new 3 year deal with the IRFU and Munster.
The Munster man was an outstanding performer against New Zealand in Chicago, scoring a fine solo effort that launched Ireland on their way to victory.
He continued to impress in 2017 both for Munster and Ireland, scoring the only try in their win over France in the RBS 6 Nations, but despite missing the final game against England, he did enough to earn a place in Warren Gatland's touring party.
In May 2017, Munster and Ireland's Murray was voted the Zurich Players' Player of the Year for 2017 at the 15th annual awards ceremony.
Murray featured in all of Ireland's Six Nations Grand Slam victory and all three tests against Australia taking his test cap tally to 67.
He enters the 2018/19 season with 116 appearances for Munster and 142 points scored.
As of the 2018/2019 Champions Cup, Murray has had 48 European Cup appearances scoring 9 tries and 48 points.
In October Murray signed a new long-term deal with Munster and Irish Rugby that will see him remain in Ireland until 2022.
With 72 appearances under his belt he was names in the Ireland RWC Training Squad in May 2019.
Murray has been named for the 2020 Six Nations Ireland squad and has 78 caps.
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