First cap: v Australia, 1958
Total caps: 41
As captain: 5
Tries scored: 5
Total points scored: 15
|Name||Noel A. Murphy||Born||22 February 1937 Cork|
|School||CBC, Cork||Club:||Cork Constitution, Garryowen|
|Position||Wing forward||British & Irish Lions:||1959 Australia & New Zealand - 4 tests
1966 Australia, New Zealand & Canada - 5 tests
1980 South Africa - Coach
|International Caps:||41||International Games||1958 A, E, S, W, F
1959 E, S, W, F
1960 E, S, W, F
1961 SA, E, S, W
1964 NZ, E, S, W, F
1965 F, E, S, W, SA
1966 F, E, S, W
1967 A*, E*, S*, W*, F*
1969 F, E, S, W.
|Munster Caps||30||Munster Games||
1956 C, U, L
|Munster Senior Cup||1957, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1970||Munster Senior League||1957, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970|
|Cork Charity Cup||1967, 1968, 1969, 1970||President Cork Constitution FC||1981-82|
|President Munster Branch IRFU||1987-88||President IRFU||1998-99|
|Munster Coach||1977-80||Ireland Coach||1980-83|
|Ireland Team Manager||1992-95||British & Irish Lions Coach||1980 South Africa|
Noel Arthur Murphy was born into a rugby family as his father, also Noel, had won 11 caps for Ireland.
He learned his early rugby at Christian Brothers College, Cork where he initially played as a scrum half. But it was as a wing forward that he gained recognition after school with Cork Constitution, Garryowen, Munster, Ireland and the British & Irish Lions.
He won his first international cap against Australia at Lansdowne Road in 1958. He made nine successive appearances for Ireland before being chosen for the British & Irish Lions to Australia and New Zealand in 1959, captained by Ronnie Dawson. On that tour he played against Australia and in three of the four tests in New Zealand, when the mighty place-kicking by Don Clarke swung the series in the All Black’s favour.
For Ireland, he won 41 caps, but missed seven games in 1962-63 though injury. He missed out on the Lions tour to South Africa in 1961 also due to injury, but was chosen for a second Lions tour to Australia & New Zealand in 1966, captained by Mike Campbell-Lamberton of Scotland, in which he played in five tests. He captained Ireland in the five games of the 1966-67 season.
He played 30 games for Munster, playing against Australia 1959 and New Zealand 1964, but missed games against South Africa in 1960 and 1969 through injury. And in his last season, Munster won the Interprovincial championship in 1968-69.
He successfully coached at club and provincial level before coaching Ireland 1980-83, and the Lions in South Africa in 1980, when the test series was narrowly lost.
He was honoured with the Presidency of Cork Constitution 1981-82, Munster 1987-88 and the Irish Rugby Football Union 1998-99, while also representing Ireland on the International Rugby Board 2000-08.