Limerick and Munster scrum-half Conor Murray was last night selected on the World Rugby team of the Decade.
He is one of two Irish players to make the selection, alongside Leinster legend Brian O’Driscoll who retired from international Rugby in 2014 as Ireland’s leading try scorer.
Richie McCaw was named as the Player of the Decade and was one of seven New Zealanders to make the cut.
Three South Africans were included as well as the pair from Ireland with one each from Australia, Italy and Wales.
Murray made his Irish debut in a World Cup warm up in 2011 and was the team’s starting No.9 by the conclusion of that tournament.
He has held on to hsi status as Ireland’s number one scrum half since then and has 87 caps to his name for his country, including 14 tries.
He also has five caps for the Lions, starting in each of the three tests in the 2017 tour of New Zealand.
He has won three Six Nations championship titles since his debut, including a Grand Slam in 2018.
For Munster, his only success came in the 2011 Magners League final win over Leinster
Try of the Decade
Murray was also involved in the Try of the Decade which was awarded to Jamie Heaslip for his effort against Italy in 2016.
With the ball secured on their 22, Murray fired out to Johnny Sexton who played a wrap around with Fergus McFadden before Sexton released Simon Zebo. Zebo would offload to Jared Payne who offloaded inside to Sexton. The fly-half would pass to Andrew Trimble who would offload to McFadden before he released Heaslip who would finish the electric move.
Check it out below
World Rugby Men’s Team of the Decade
1. Tendai Mtawarira (RSA)
2. Bismarck du Plessis (RSA)
3. Owen Franks (NZL)
4. Brodie Retallick (NZL)
5. Sam Whitelock (NZL)
6. David Pocock (AUS)
7. Richie McCaw (NZL)
8. Sergio Parisse (ITA)
9. Conor Murray (IRE)
10. Dan Carter (NZL)
11. Bryan Habana (RSA)
12. Ma’a Nonu (NZL)
13. Brian O’Driscoll (IRE)
14. George North (WAL)
15. Ben Smith (NZL)
See the Awards in full below.