Murphy Taramai

Murphy Taramai


  • Number: 263
  • Position: Loose Forward
  • Born: 17 August 1992
  • Height: 187 cm
  • Weight: 98 kg
  • Province: North Harbour
  • Blues Debut: 2017 v Rebels
  • Blues Caps: 16

Murphy was a rugby league star at Upper Hutt College, with school side unbeaten for three years with Murphy at the helm. He headed to Australia in 2011 after interest from the Penrith Panthers but it did not pan out and he returned the following year and moved to rugby. 

He made a mark in Sevens, playing a key role in the Wellington team that won the national title in 2014, ultimately earning a place in the NZ Sevens squad. Last year he made a decision to move to the 15-aside game, but unable to gain selection for Wellington in 2016, he took up a two year contract with North Harbour. 

His performances for Blues A and North Harbour have been such that he has earned a spot as a draft player for the Blues.