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I'm an Aussie, says Ruaidhri Murphy

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Jon Tuxworth

Prop Ruaidhri Murphy is fighting a legal battle to prove he should be a Wallaby.

Prop Ruaidhri Murphy is fighting a legal battle to prove he should be a Wallaby. Photo: Stuart Walmsley

Irish-born ACT Brumbies prop Ruaidhri Murphy has ramped up a legal campaign to prove he should be eligible for the Wallabies, insisting his situation is a "black and white" case.

While he still speaks in an Irish brogue represented his country of birth at underage level, Murphy has engaged a solicitor to help convince the International Rugby Board he warrants special discretion.

Despite the fact he holds an Australian passport and grew up in Perth, IRB rules state a player born overseas must have lived in the country for three years before being eligible for the Wallabies.

Murphy has been a key plank in the Brumbies finals charge off the bench since joining the club this season, and remains on the club’s foreign player list.

He spent five years playing overseas for Irish club Leinster and English side Exeter before signing with the Brumbies.

"The frustrating thing is it looks black and white on paper as an Australian citizen," Murphy said yesterday.

"I’ve got my own passport and have lived for so long [as a child], but the IRB guidelines are set and that’s the way it works.  

"I’ve got the backing of RUPA [Rugby Union Players Association] and the ARU, and they’ve given me a solicitor Tom Brett to draft a proposal to explain my situation, and show how it’s black and white that I am Australian.

"I describe myself as a passionate Irish-Australian, I’ve spent over half my life in Australia and feel very much at home here."

The 24-year-old admitted he may consider playing for Ireland if they show interest before he is officially eligible for the Wallabies in May, 2014.

"If Ireland were to come knocking at a senior level, it would be something that would be hard not to look at," Murphy said.

"It would be a fantastic honour and justification for a good year and the Brumbies success, but I can't get ahead of myself and it’s a massive 'if and but'.

"For them to come and have a look at me all the way from Ireland would be a long shot, but if it came to that I’d have to consider it and think about the best options.

"If the situation came where I had to choose a green or a gold [jersey] my mum would be a bit torn, she'd probably want me in the green, but she’d support any decision I made."

Should the IRB refuse to budge, Murphy declared he is happy to remain in the capital and help build on the Brumbies’ resurgence this year.

"We’re working out our approach to the IRB, whether they'll even look at the situation if we put a decent proposal together, but the best thing is I’m contracted to play at the Brumbies until after that period [May 2014] anyway," Murphy said.

"Should it not get overturned, I’m happy to get stuck in and just establish myself here."

For now, Murphy is content to bide his time behind the Brumbies star front row of Stephen Moore and Ben Alexander.

But he admitted filling the shoes of the all-Wallabies duo off the bench has inpired him to lift his impact.

"I'm quite happy in that role at the moment, and I'm learning plenty," Murphy sad.

"They set the standard, and when you come in you have to try and match it and something to that.

"That’s definitely something I’ve put on myself through the year."

Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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Round 2
Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Round 3
Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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Round 4
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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Round 5
Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR 36 vs AUS 40 Report Stats
USA 6 vs NZL 74 Report Stats
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Round 6
Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 24 vs SAM 13 Report Stats
ENG 21 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
WAL 28 vs AUS 33 Report Stats
FRA 40 vs FJI 14 Report Stats
IRE 29 vs RSA 15 Report Stats
SCO 41 vs ARG 31 Report Stats
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Round 7
Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 18 vs ARG 20 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs RSA 31 Report Stats
WAL 17 vs FJI 13 Report Stats
SCO 16 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
FRA 29 vs AUS 26 Report Stats
Mon, 17 NovTimes shown AEDT
IRE 49 vs GEO 7 Report Stats
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Round 8
Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 6 vs RSA 22 Report Stats
SCO 37 vs TGA 12 Report Stats
IRE 26 vs AUS 23 Report Stats
WAL 16 vs NZL 34 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs SAM 9 Report Stats
FRA 13 vs ARG 18 Report Stats
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Round 9
Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG 26 vs AUS 17 Report Stats
WAL 12 vs RSA 6 Report Stats
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