Josh leads his county
Enniscorthy's Josh Murphy was handed the captaincy of the Ireland Under-20 side for their fifth place semi-final game in the World Championships last night (Monday).
Murphy became the first Enniscorthy player to lead an Irish side in the World Championship having taken over the role from scrum-half and captain, Nick McCarthy, who was ruled out of the tournament with a shoulder injury received during the 25-3 final group game defeat to New Zealand.
The blinside flanker had a hugely impressive game against the Baby Blacks, being unlucky with one pick and charge over the line midway through the second-half, as with the attention of two covering forwards he was unable to ground the ball.
Murphy, whose reputation was well known in the lead up to the championships, has grown in stature and has been one of the Irish success stories.
His all-round display against the New Zealanders was very impressive.
He made considerable ground with his carries, while his covering and tackling was exemplary as he tried to keep his side in the game.
Ireland last night were playing off for fifth to eighth positions, having won two games, defeating Argentina and Scotland before losing their crucial final group game to the Blacks.
The captaincy selection for Murphy was just recognition of his ongoing crucial contribution to the side.
It has been a championship which has seen the U.C.D. and Leinster blindside flanker's reputation grow, so much so that he is sure to figure in the minds of some provincial coaches before they return from their extended summer break.