After a European and Pro14 double last season, leaving Leinster was a wrench but the switch has led to more game minutes, increased confidence and the chance to start tomorrow. It was a wet, but memorable day for Wales fans who saw their team win the Grand Slam against Ireland at Principality Stadium. The move to Ulster has been rewarded by Schmidt as Murphy played in all three Tests against Australia last summer before coming off the bench during the backs-to-the-wall defensive stand to beat the All Blacks for the first time on home soil in November. His arrival in Belfast has coincided with a thrilling run to the quarter-finals of the European Cup and he has struck up a good relationship with Ulster head coach Dan McFarland. Opportunity has knocked for Murphy and he is ready for it. His involvement in so many of the stand-out moments of Schmidt's time as Ireland coach has led to suggestions that he is a favourite of the New Zealander's but Murphy is not so certain: "There have been times that he hasn't picked me so he mustn't like me that much.
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