Isa Nacewa Explains Decision To Let Jordi Murphy Lift Trophy

A fitting goodbye.

Leinster are once again the champions of Europe. The eastern province managed to overcome a spirited Racing 92 side in Bilbao yesterday evening to win a record-equalling fourth European crown.

It was a special day for many reasons. It’s been a long road back for the men in Blue since their last victory back in 2012, and yesterday was an opportunity to give one of their greatest players a fitting send-off.

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Captain Isa Nacewa fittingly kicked Leinster’s winning penalty. But the captain didn’t want the spotlight in his final European game. He wanted it on Jordi Murphy – another man who will say his goodbyes at the end of the season.

“Jordi is a great guy and he plays with his heart on his sleeve and just gives it his all,” said Nacewa.

“It was pretty fitting for him to have an outstanding campaign and it’s just good that he lifts the trophy. He was in the centre of it all; in the mix of things; throughout the whole campaign.

“It was a good way to sign off his European honours with Leinster but maybe we’ll see him back one day.”

Murphy has signed a two-year deal to move up north with Ulster next season. Will we see him in blue again someday? Don’t bet against it.