Dundalk as it Happens
Jordi Murphy departs Leinster for Ulster
Jordi Murphy is set to depart Leinster having agreed to join Ulster for the start of the 2018/19 season.
Murphy has strong roots in Annagassan with his mum Nicola the daughter of well known local athlete Noel Carroll. His uncle Patsy still resides in Dunleer, as well as other family members.
The 26 year old back row has played 95 times for Leinster scoring 17 tries since his debut in September 2011. In his time at Leinster he captained Leinster ‘A’ to the British & Irish Cup in 2012/13 and was also part of the PRO12 winning squad in 2013/14, starting 18 league games that season.
Murphy has also represented Ireland on 18 occasions, scoring two tries and has two 6 Nations medals to his name. He most recently pulled on the green jersey in the Guinness Series he started against Fiji in a 23-20 home win.
The Fiji game was also his first game in green since the historic win against the All Blacks in Chicago in November 2016. In that game he scored an early try but went off soon after with an ACL knee injury which would rule him out of contention for the rest of last season.
On his move Murphy said: “I’ve loved my time at Leinster and have made friendships that will last a lifetime. Having attended Leinster games in Donnybrook and in the RDS, it was a dream to play for Leinster and to run out as often as I have done in front of such brilliant support is something that I am very proud of.
“The messages that I received from Leinster fans in the last 12 months, in particular, I’ll never forget.
“But after long consideration and at this stage in my career, this move to Ulster is an exciting challenge and one that I am very much looking forward to. Having spoken to Les and to Jono the future for Ulster is very bright and I look forward to playing my part in that.
“Of course until then, all my efforts will my geared towards helping Isa and the rest of the squad achieve as much as we can on two fronts with Leinster.”