Full name Keith Murdoch
Born September 9, 1943, Dunedin
Current age 71 years 178 days
Major teams New Zealand
|Test debut||South Africa v New Zealand at Johannesburg, Sep 12, 1970 match details|
|Last Test||Wales v New Zealand at Cardiff, Dec 2, 1972 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
Powerful prop Keith Murdoch made his name paying for Otago, and also enjoyed domestic spells with Hawke's Bay and Auckland. He made his All Black debut in 1970 on tour in South Africa but would wait two years for his next Test cap.
In 1972 Murdoch returned to the international fold with a Test start against Australia in Auckland. He was then selected for the All Blacks' northern hemisphere tour and scored their winning try against Wales in Cardiff. Murdoch was later that night involved in an incident involving a security guard at Cardiff's Angel Hotel and was sent home from the tour in disgrace.
Murdoch never returned to New Zealand - stepping off the plane in Australia and heading in to a self-imposed exile in the outback. Journalist Margot McRae 'found' Murdoch in 1990 while working on a TV show, and subsequently wrote a fictionalised account of her search in the play Finding Murdoch.