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Liam og Murphy is happily back on the field after injuring his shoulder at the Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) in October.
Murphy hurt his shoulder charging down a kick against the Argentina Jaguars, putting a very premature end to his fall campaign.
The former Boston player signed with Clontarf in Ireland only to get injured again in January, but is 100% now and played for Clontarf in an All Ireland League match against Dolphin.
Clontarf won 59-7 to remain in 1st with Murphy starting at openside flanker.
"I thought it went pretty well but there's still plenty to work on - match fitness being a key aspect of that," Murphy told RUGBYMag.com. "I'm still very much adapting to playing 7, particularly at this level. I've always played 6 but Coach Tolkin, among others, has encouraged me to play 7 more."
Murphy will not be in the upcoming USA assembly, and confessed that he didn't really expect to be selected, coming back, as he was, from injury.
Instead Murphy, with USA Head Coach Mike Tolkin's blessing, will remain in Ireland and work on his game there.
"We both feel it's the best decision to stay in Ireland and try and nail down a starting position with Clontarf and then possibly look to be involved during the summer tour," Murphy said.