Prop Dan Murphy targets Gloucester first team berth

Dan Murphy
Murphy made 78 apperances during his time at London Irish

New Gloucester prop Dan Murphy says he is aiming to challenge Nick Wood for a first-team spot this season.

Murphy, 25, left London Irish in the summer after struggling to get a place in the squad while Wood, 28, has been a regular for Gloucester since 2003.

"Nick has been number one for a long time," Murphy told BBC Gloucestershire.

"Last year I only played a few games, so hopefully I'll get the chance to play more here, progress my game and push Woody for the number one shirt."

After coming through their academy, Murphy made his Exiles debut in 2006 and quickly became a regular in the side.

However after only managing 10 appearances last season compared to 29 the previous year, he decided to make a move to Kingsholm in a bid to regain his form.

"It was all going very well," he said. " But Alex Corbisiero came through the ranks and pushed for a shirt - an England shirt now, which is brilliant - and with Clarke Dermody as well, I was fighting a hard battle.

"Hopefully coming here is a good move. I've moved away from London and away from my comfort zone, so coming here is a fresh start.

He added: "Places like Kingsholm offer you a great atmosphere and it will be nice to have the crowd cheering for me for once and I'm really looking forward to that."

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