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Former Ireland full-back Geordan Murphy's 23-year association with the Leicester Tigers as a player and coach has come to an end.

He's departed the Gallagher Premiership side by "mutual consent" after they decided not to renew his contract beyond the end of this season.

Steve Borthwick has taken over as head-coach this term and the Tigers say they'll now search for a Director of Rugby who will responsible for delivering the "strategic vision and off-field responsibilities at Oval Park"

"I have spent 23 great years at Leicester Tigers and forged great friendships with people throughout that entire period," Murphy said of his departure.

"I'm most proud of the respect I earned from my team-mates and colleagues, and I’m grateful to all of them for how they have helped me, supported me and shared in my time at this club.

"Winning has been the easy part. It is when things are not going well, when you are losing and having to get back up every day and put on a brave face, that you know who your friends are and, to all of those who supported me through those times, those are the friends I will have for life.

"I wish the club the very best for the future on and off the pitch, and say thank you to the supporters who have been a part of my life for more than 20 years."

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