Murphy relishing Bath challenge

Date published: April 1 2015

Leinster back-row Jordi Murphy is relishing the chance to get stuck in to Saturday's Champions Cup quarter-final against Bath in Dublin.

The 23-year-old has made a big impact on the game since making his Test debut for Ireland against England at Twickenham in 2014.

His meteoric rise to fame has continued and he played his part in each of Ireland's matches during their triumphant Six Nations campaign earlier this year.

Murphy also made his mark for Leinster during last year's quarter-final against Toulon with a try which gave his team hope, but they lost the tie to the eventual European champions.

He is more experienced this year and believes Leinster can improve on their 2014 performance but knows it won't be an easy task and expects Bath to offer a tough challenge.

"Last year we were away to Toulon and weren't able to get past this stage," Murphy told the EPCR website.

"It's the biggest game of the season and the whole squad are just dying to get out there and give them a good game," said Murphy.

"It's great that we can play it at home and, hopefully, we'll get a packed house. We have to look at Bath as a collective -they have a lot of firepower out the back, but they have some serious grafters up front.

"They have a really good scrum, not just in the Champions Cup, but also in the Premiership, and they have put a lot of teams to the sword with it.

"They have a physical pack with the likes of Dave Attwood, who played most of England's Six Nations games, Stuart Hooper, their leader in the pack and their captain, and Francois Louw, who has 30-odd South African caps.

"They've obviously got some really creative backs as well with the bulk of the English backline with Anthony Watson, Jonathan Joseph and George Ford.

"George is a great player and he's really the go-to man for England and Bath – we're going to have to press him."