, September 9, 1943) is a former rugby union
footballer from New Zealand
Murdoch, a prop
, played for Otago
from 1964 to 1972, except for one season each for Hawke's Bay
(1965) and Auckland
(1966). He represented New Zealand from 1970-1972, playing in 27 matches for the All Blacks
, including three test match
. He toured with the All Blacks to South Africa
in 1970 and to Great Britain
in 1972, but was troubled by injury throughout both series.
Murdoch's career ended controversially and mysteriously. He scored the All Blacks' only try in their 1972 win against Wales
, but later the same night was involved in a fracas (hungry and in drink, he tried to raid the kitchen of the team's Cardiff hotel ) and was sent home from the tour by All Black management, reputedly after pressure was brought to bear by the home rugby unions. Rather than returning to rugby in New Zealand, Murdoch virtually went into hiding, quitting his home and his sport and moving to the Australian outback where he has lived ever since.
A play Finding Murdoch
by Margot McRae, which premiered at Downstage Theatre, Wellington in June 2007, is about McRae's tracking down of Murdoch. She says of the media frenzy when he punched a security guard that "If there's a baddie it would be the media."