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Murray scoops World Player of the Year award

Conor Murray (Paul Harding/PA)
Conor Murray (Paul Harding/PA)

Conor Murray was honoured in Paris last night, picking up the World Player of the Year award.

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Readers of Midi Olympique voted for the Ireland scrum half, who is hoping to return from injury to face the All Blacks on 17th November, as the world's best at a lavish ceremony in Paris.

Speaking after picking up the award, Murray said: "It's pretty special. I think with the relationship between Irish and French teams, especially in my club Munster. We have been in France for years. Our fans know it really, really well.

"I've a lot of experience down here. Any time I come here and play rugby against the French, I know a few of the French players and they are very welcoming and accommodating; they're good guys. It's an honour."

Murray also took the opportunity to praise French rugby.

"If I know I am going to be playing France, I know I have to be at my best.  They are a force within rugby and one you will always respect."

Other players to be honoured on the night were France centre Mathieu Bastareaud, Vincent Clerc, Conrad Smith, Aurélien Rougerie, Bryan Habana and Jean-Baptiste Poux, who were all inducted as Rugby Oscars 'legends'.

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