Auckland star's impressive comeback from injury to secure National Title and NZ Selection
Declan Murphy has been a keen touch player since he was 8 years old. He’s pulled on the blue and white for Auckland each year, until injury ruled him out of Junior Nationals in 2019. Despite the disappointment, he was determined to bounce back and get on the field.
Although he knew it would take time, he was able to keep focused on the goal with support from his whānau. “They’re always there for me – they help me stay in a good head space.”
This year, Murphy returned to the field with the Auckland U16 Mixed, winning the national title. “It was my first medal in seven years. I felt so rewarded for the hard work I’d put in, after missing Nationals the year before.”
To add to the celebrations, Murphy has been selected for the New Zealand U16 Mixed Green team. He is looking forward to the upcoming tour this September. “It’s been a dream to play for New Zealand. A lot of hard work has gone into this and I’m excited to get out there and play.”
Murphy draws inspiration from Touch legend Dylan Hennessey.
“I like how he leads from the front and puts his body on the line for the team. That’s what I want to do when I’m on the field too.”