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I'm an Aussie, says Ruaidhri Murphy


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 World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 0vs FJI 0 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00Olym
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00Olym
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
Fri, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45Olym
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
Thu, 08 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45Olym
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
Sun, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00KPS
Mon, 12 OctTimes shown AEDT
ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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Round 2
Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
Mon, 19 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinA 0vs RUpB 0 02:00Twic
Sun, 25 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF1 0vs WQF2 0 02:00Twic
Mon, 26 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
Sat, 31 OctTimes shown AEDT
LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00Olym
Sun, 01 NovTimes shown AEDT
WSF1 0vs WSF2 0 03:00Twic
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
France 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0
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