The great Con Murphy is the only player to represent Ireland both before and after the Second World War. Con was captain of the famous Irish team which defeated England 22-0 in the first official post-war international in 1947. Born on the 19th September, and educated at the Catholic University School in Leeson Street, Con was twice captain of Lansdowne, in seasons 1939-40 and 1944-45. He won five international caps at full back, but unquestionably would have won more except for the intervention of the Second World War. Con was captain of his country in the four Peacetime internationals in 1946, for which no caps were awarded, as well as on the occasion of his final two caps in 1947, the last Lansdowne player to enjoy that highest of honours. “Small in stature but a giant in performance” was how Edmund Van Esbeck described Con in his History of Irish Rugby. Despite his small stature his hallmarks were immense bravery in the tackle and, for his era, an almost professional approach towards practice and in perfecting his kicking skills. He was recorded in an Irish Times article in 1978 as saying he changed his job three times before he was capped because the hours interfered with his rugby - and this was in the recession dominated 1930s. President of the club in 1966-67 and a club trustee for many years Con was involved with the First XV for almost 60 years as player, captain, selector, manager, touch judge, advisor and general factotum, and he was still running the line for the Firsts well into his seventies. His outstanding contribution to the game was recognised when he was inducted into the Rugby Writers of Ireland - Guinness Hall of Fame.
Date of Birth 19/09/1914
International Debut versus England
International Debut Date 11/02/1939
Last Test versus England
Last Test Date 08/02/1947