Limerick Lions play their part in history

Conor Murray carries an Irish flag after featuring for the Lions in Saturday's series win over Australia
CONOR Murray and Paul O’Connell have joined an exclusive list of Limerick rugby players to play their part in a winning Lions Test series.

CONOR Murray and Paul O’Connell have joined an exclusive list of Limerick rugby players to play their part in a winning Lions Test series.

Murray came on as a second-half sub in the Lions 41-16 win over Australia in Sydney on Saturday and O’Connell - although injured for the second two Test games - played in the opening Test win in Brisbane.

The two join Keith Wood, who was part of the series win in South Africa in 1997, Rathkeale’s Bill Mulcahy (who won in Australia in 1959) and Tom Clifford (who won in Australia in 1950) as the Limerick players to play in a winning Lions series.

Murray replaced Mike Phillips after 52 minutes and played a key role in the tries scored by Jamie Roberts and Jonny Sexton.

“I was delighted to come on,” said Murray afterwards.

“The lads were already playing really well and I got to come on when were were on the front foot , and enjoy the game, which was an unbelievable buzz. You’ve got to enjoythe crowd. It was amazing.

“When we got to Sydney, our team run went really well and when that happens, you often carry it through to the weekend. You just felt a buzz about the place.”