"Old Man" Reaches 300 Appearances For Tigers

Geordan Murphy received plenty of stick in the Leicester Tigers camp last week.

Shouts of “Old man” and “Call it a day” followed him around all week in the build up to his 300th appearance for the club against Newcastle on Saturday.

Even with our basic arithmetic in the Tigers camp, we worked out that he has played around 23 games a season on average for every one of the 14 years he has been at the club.

That shows how durable and consistent Geordy has been during his time at Leicester.

When you consider he must have missed 50 or so games because of international commitments and had a couple of long spells out of the game after breaking his leg and dislocating his foot, he could have nearer 400 than 300.

Geordy got a great reception from the Welford Road crowd after his 300th game and he fully deserved it.

He has been a great servant to the club and is a humble, genuine and honest character off the pitch too.

What you see is what you get. He is not one of those people who is one way on the pitch and then completely different off it.

When I first joined Leicester from Wasps, he was very welcoming and always made sure that I was invited to social occasions and knew which pub we were going to. He made a very conscious effort to include me in what was going on and, as a new boy, that was invaluable.

He is one of the game’s good guys and I can’t say enough about him.

And as for making it to 300 games for one club, that is a feat I believe will rarely be reached in the future.

Not only do people move around clubs more in the professional era, but the physical demands of the game will inevitably make careers shorter.

If it is going to be reached, it will be at a club like Leicester but the chances are pretty slim of that achievement being matched by guys who are starting out in the game nowadays.

Geordy is a top bloke and everyone at the club respects him and was bewildered that someone could reach that sort of milestone.

There’s a few games left in him too.


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