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Former Connacht and Munster scrum-half Frank Murphy to ref his first Pro12 game

Murphy to take charge of Dragons v Edinburgh on Sunday.

Murphy: will become second man to play in and ref in Pro12.
Murphy: will become second man to play in and ref in Pro12.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

FORMER CONNACHT AND Munster scrum-half Frank Murphy is set to make his Pro12 refereeing debut this weekend.

The 32-year-old, who hung up his boots in 2014, will take charge of Sunday’s game between the Newport-Gwent Dragons and Edinburgh at Rodney Parade.

Murphy will become the second man to have both played in and refereed in the Pro12, just beaten to the punch by Mike Adamson who has been appointed for Munster’s game against Treviso on Saturday afternoon.

Murphy finished his career with Connacht after an initial spell with Munster and then two seasons with the Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership.

He then turned his attention to refereeing and has taken charge of games in the British and Irish Cup, the Ulster Bank League and in Schools’ Rugby.

He also refereed an international between Germany and Portugal in the European Nations Cup in February of this year as well as the U20 Six Nations clash between Wales and Italy.

Frank Murphy and his daughter Sophia Murphy and his daughter Sophia as he retired from rugby in 2013. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

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