Murphy has come across as a right whine the last few weeks. His defence wasn't good enough for international rugby, yet he won 50+ caps under EOS. I don't think he can feel too hard done by.
Thornley also wrote his usual Murphy/Kidney fluff piece in the IT during the week, qu'elle surprise. There's no doubt that turnstiles was his inside man over the years, the amount of articles he wrote about the "mercurial" Geordan Murphy was what really began to make me sick of him as a journalist. He's doing the same thing with Kidney now, defending unacceptable performances and selections that he would have filleted EOS for.