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Murphy calls time on international career

Updated: May 25, 2012, 10:12

Leicester Tigers fullback Geordan Murphy has announced his retirement from international rugby.

34-year-old Murphy has played 72 Tests for Ireland and two more for the British and Irish Lions during a 12-year international career.

The Irish fullback position currently belongs to ERC European Player of the Year Rob Kearney.

Felix Jones has worked his way up to second choice fullback, but injury to the Munster man last August earned Murphy a place in the Irish squad for World Cup 2011.

The Tigers captain had made it clear that he did not want to be involved in a wider squad in January, since he had effectively been retired from Ireland duty since the World Cup.

Murphy was omitted from Declan Kidney’s squad for the June tour of New Zealand, but did make himself available for emergency selection in the Six Nations in the event of an injury to any of Ireland's back three.

Having been excluded from the squad for the upcoming tour, Murphy believes it is time for him to focus solely on his club career.

"I am not in and you know when it's time to hang up your boots at any level," he told the Leicester Mercury.

"I have had some tremendous memories with the squad but it is time for some young lads to come in and prepare for the next World Cup.

"I haven't spoken to him (Declan) about it, but I am going to give him a shout. That's it."


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