Leicester Tigers and director of rugby Geordan Murphy have parted company by mutual consent, bringing to an end the former Ireland international's 23-year spell with the club as a player and coach. 

The Premiership club had taken the decision not to renew Murphy's current contract, which had been due to expire at the end of the season. 

"I have spent 23 great years at Leicester Tigers and forged great friendships with people throughout that entire period," Murphy told the club website.

"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."

Steve Borthwick will continue as head coach and the role of director of rugby will be replaced with a position that oversees the "strategic vision and off-field responsibilities at Oval Park".

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