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Hall of Fame
Morris can unarguably be viewed as one of the most gifted players of his generation, not only for his club or province, but also for Ireland at International level. He excelled as a player, whilst a student at Belfast High School, and later when he came to study at the University of Ulster. Here he played for the Jordanstown Campus Team that competed in the Irish Colleges League.
Morris has been a magnificent ambassador for rugby throughout his playing career and more recently in his coaching roles at Dungannon, Belfast Harlequins and Malone Rugby Football Club. He currently works as the High Performance Manager in the Sports Institute Northern Ireland and as an Associate Lecturer in Sports Management in the University of Ulster. If that is not enough Morris is also employed by the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service.
Morris was a regular member in the Ulster Rugby team for over 10 years and earned 49 caps. Morris also made 4 Barbarian appearances during his career.
The pinnacle of Morris’s sporting achievements was a 3 year International career playing for Ireland, from 1994 to 1997, earning 17 caps. 11 of these caps were earned during the 5 Nations and 2 during the World Cup in 1995 in South Africa.
Morris has also been heavily involved in charity work over the years. He organised a match between the British and Irish Internationals and the New Zealand All Blacks. This prestigious event raised £600,000 for the Meningitis Trust. Morris is also involved with the Irish Legends, the Irish Charitable Trust and the Wooden Spoon Society.
Morris also puts his extensive rugby knowledge and experience to good use as he has been a rugby analyst for the BBC, on TV and radio, since 1997.
His list of sporting achievements include:
International Debut: 19th February 1994
Final Appearance: 1st March 1997
International Record 1994 – 1997
1994 v England (Twickenham) W 13-12 (FN)
1994 v Scotland (Dublin) D 6-6 (FN)
1994 v Australia (Brisbane) L 33-13
1995 v France (Dublin) L 25-7 (FN)
1995 v Wales (Cardiff) W 16-12 (FN)
1995 v Italy (Treviso) L 22-12
1995 v N. Zealand (Jo'burg) L 43-19 (World Cup)
1995 v Japan (Bloemfontein) W 50-28 (World Cup)
1995 v Fiji (Dublin) W 44-8
1996 v France (Paris) L 45-10 (FN)
1996 v Wales (Dublin) W 30-17 (FN)
1996 v England (Twickenham) L 28-15 (FN)
1996 v Australia (Dublin) L 22-12
1997 v France (Dublin) L 32-15 (FN)
1997 v Wales (Cardiff) W 26-25 (FN)
1997 v England (Dublin) L 46-6 (FN)
1997 v Scotland (Murrayfield) L 38-10 (FN)
(FN – Five Nations)
Ulster Rugby – 49 caps, Played on 1st XV team for over 10 years