Houston SaberCats & Connor Murphy
The Houston SaberCats signed spark plug scrum half Connor Murphy for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. Connor was also an Academy Coach for the SaberCats.
During the Summer off-season, Connor was able to return home to the United Kingdom, travel in Europe and to New York.
Connor also maintains an excellent relationship with the London irish and was able to train at their facilities.
The SaberCats are excited for our scrum-half, Connor “Toad” Murphy, to return to Houston and sling some more passes this upcoming season!
Houston SaberCats Connor Murphy 2018 Signing
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The Houston SaberCats, formerly the Houston Strikers, are pleased with the impact of scrum-half 22-year-old Connor Murphy has made with the team as it readies for the start of the 2018 Major League Rugby season. The team has had two scrimmages against the Austin Blacks and Dallas Rugby, winning both. They will embark on a difficult pre-season schedule beginning January 6, 2018, against the Seattle Saracens. They will play both teams from the USA and Canada, as well as the Uruguay National Rugby Team.
Connor was born and raised in the South West London suburb, Sunbury-On-Thames, where he began playing rugby at age 12. He went to the Sunbury Major School and graduated in 2012. Two years later he joined the London Irish amateur team, the Exiles where he stood out. The Rugby Paper Co. UK indicates that he then joined the AASE programme at St. Paul’s Catholic College, where the team lost in the AASE League Semi-Finals in 2013.
Connor also played on the England Under-16s and played in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series with the London Irish in 2014 and 2015.
At age 18 he signed his first professional contract with the London Irish and was assigned to the Senior Academy. While there, he worked with former England No.9 Paul Hodgson, Declan Danaher, and Nick Kennedy and the improvement in his core skills, passing, and kicking were evident within a couple of months.
In February 2015 the London Irish provided a glimpse about Connor Murphy in their YouTube video “A Day in the Life of an Academy Player.”
His contract with the London Irish Senior Academy was extended in 2015. “The young scrum-half, who has been a regular in the A-League, is currently dual registered with Henley Hawks where he has secured a starting position and is now a key member of their squad.”
The Henley Hawks were in the National League Two and provided him with additional playing time and a competition to help him develop as a player. While with the Henley Hawks in 2015 he suffered a broken fibula in April and he would need to re-hab and prepare for the next pre-season. He did that and returned to the Hawks in September 2015.
On Nov. 25, 2015, in a Premiership A side match against Bristol United, “Connor Murphy who got his name on the scoresheet, dabbing down after breaking blind and leaving the Bristol defense in his wake.”
Connor was also listed in the Dec. 31, 2016, match report when the London Irish beat Bedford. On March 11, 2017, Connor was on the winning squad against Yorkshire-Carnegie. Connor gained a start at scrum-half in 2017 for the London Irish in the second round of the British & Irish Cup against the Connacht Eagles side, which consisted both Academy & Club players.
Murphy was promoted to the London Irish, however, he continued to play some matches with Henley prior to his leaving for Houston in the Summer, 2017.