Murphy’s great career will be appreciated at Papagallo dinner

The Cayman Rugby Football Union is bringing over Geordan Murphy as the guest speaker at the Union’s Annual Players Dinner. 

It is at Ristorante Papagallo on Friday 14 June. 

Murphy retired from international rugby a year ago with 74 caps for Ireland, two caps for the British and Irish Lions and one Barbarians cap.  

He recently retired from the professional game after 16 years and over 320 games with premier English club side Leicester Tigers.  

Whilst Murphy is set to hang up his boots and take up a coaching position with Leicester next season, he is still seen as one of the finest attacking fullbacks in the northern hemisphere with a long list of career achievements which includes;  

– Earning his first Ireland cap against the USA in 2000 (scoring two tries on debut). 

– Winning the Irish Sport Writers Player of the Season award at the end of the 2003 season.  

– Being selected for the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand in 2005.  

– Featuring for Ireland in the 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cups  

– Winning the Six Nations Grand Slam with Ireland in 2009 

– Winning the Premiership for Leicester seven times 

– Winning the Heineken Cup for Leicester twice. 

Following on from last year’s speaker Shane Williams the Cayman Union is excited to host another great player from the modern era.  

Murphy said when he retired from Leicester: “I am hoping to be involve as a coach and will do whatever the club need me to do. 

“Maybe that could be helping out with the back three and counter-attacking. Maybe helping out with the Academy, too. 

“It’s just nice to still be around at the club and be involved with a quality bunch of guys.” 

Murphy, 34, admitted his final appearance at Welford Road was emotional and that the performance and result was a nice way to bow out. 

Leicester won 33-16 against Harlequins and the full-back said: “It was an emotional day for me. I was trying not to think about it as the game was going on. But once we had scored a couple of tries, I really enjoyed the last 10 minutes. 

“It was a lovely to finish my involvement as a professional player at Welford Road with a win like that.” 

Tables of 10 at the dinner can be reserved by emailing [email protected] and individual tickets can be purchased over the Cayman Rugby Club bar for $100 each or $125.for non union members.  

The dinner includes a cocktail reception, three course seated dinner and a bottle of wine per person. 


Geordan Murphy won 74 caps for Ireland. – PHOTO: FILE