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The Outsider? Not at Welford Road
on 4 September 2012
Geordan Murphy has overwhelming talent and is, without a doubt, one of the best ever rugby union full backs. Geordan has represented both club and Country with a refreshing lack of celebrity and publicity and I've been overwhelmed by his loyalty to Leicester Tigers which has, possibly, been the reason he has worn so few Ireland shirts (should have been many more than 70). He's the consummate rugby professional; makes catching the high ball look graceful, even when being chased down by an eighteen stone prop, has a superb athletic ability, and he can pluck a ball out of the air from any direction with hands that seem to be coated with glue...he doesn't spill it. A tough cookie who doesn't shy away from the hard work, doesn't back down from conflict, even though he's not the biggest player on the field, and that's exactly the vibe throughout The Outsider; Geordan comes across as a confident, honest and ordinary bloke with an extraordinary talent. There are no bragging rights, he keeps it simple, down to earth and tells the story of how he managed to prove himself against the odds. They really didn't think he was good enough at the start of his playing career but; he used his passion for the game to break through and prove them wrong. The Outsider is witty in a dry and subdued manner, packed with rugby anecdotes and, although you get an insight into the game, this is much more Geordan's personal story than it is a look at the sport in general and I enjoyed the intelligent, thoughtful way in which it's been written. Not overly long, easy to read, and a must for both Ireland and Tigers supporters.