Jordi Murphy has been added to the Barbarians squad to face Tonga at Thomond Park on Friday night (KO 7.30pm).

Murphy returned to action for Leinster in the 10-31 win over the Southern Kings in the province’s first game in South Africa – his first appearance since the ACL injury sustained in the win over the All Blacks on 5th November 2016.

He then made a try-scoring return to the RDS Arena on 29th September when Leo Cullen’s men defeated Edinburgh Rugby 21-13.

Murphy is joined in the Barbarians squad by Ireland and British & Irish Lions legend Donncha O’Callaghan, as well as two current Munster players James Cronin and Brian Scott.

Murphy has played 93 times for Leinster since making his debut against Glasgow Warriors in September 2011. In that time he has scored 16 tries and has represented Ireland on 17 occasions.

He has made seven appearances so far this season, scoring one try in the win over Edinburgh.

Leinster v Exeter

Barbarians squad


Willie Britz (Sunwolves)
Sam Carter (Brumbies & Australia)
James Cronin (Munster)
Simone Favaro (Fiamme Oro)
Jordi Murphy (Leinster)
Donncha O’Callaghan (Worcester Warriors)
Geoff Parling (Munakata Sanix Blues)
Brian Scott (Munster)
Ruan Smith (Toyota Verblitz)
Adriaan Strauss (Bulls & South Africa)
Akker van der Merwe (Sharks)
Jacques van Rooyen (Lions)


Vince Aso (Hurricanes)
George Bridge (Crusaders)
Richard Buckman (Highlanders)
Robert du Preez (Stormers)
Andy Ellis (Kobelco Steelers & New Zealand)
Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs & Australia)
Julian Savea (Hurricanes & New Zealand)
David Smith (Castres)
Nic Stirzaker (Rebels)
Harold Vorster (Lions)

Jordi Murphy – 2017/18 key stats

Played: 7 (5+2)
Minutes: 372
Tries: 1
Carries: 41
Metres gained: 65
Turnovers won: 4
Tackles: 43
Tackle success: 93.5%
Defenders beaten: 3
Clean breaks: 1