10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations match in February, while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
The Kildare man subsequently captained the team to victories in the Guinness Premiership final and in his fourth appearance in a Heineken Cup final, against his native Leinster.
Murphy, who has made more than 250 Tigers appearances and is the club's all-time leading Heineken Cup try-scorer, said: "t is a great honour to lead out such a great club, but there is so much experience and so much quality around the playing squad that it allows you to get on with your own game and trust the rest of the guys to do the same.
"Like all of the guys, I'm looking forward to the start of the season, to two big away games against Sale Sharks and Harlequins, and then to the return to Welford Road and hopefully a capacity 24,000 crowd for the first home game against Newcastle Falcons."
Before that, Leicester have a glamour home pre-season friendly against Magners League champions Munster on Friday, August 28 (kick-off 7.30pm).
Interestingly, former Munster and Ireland full-back-cum-out-half Jeremy Staunton has signed for Leicester.
The Limerick man (29) was one of four new signings announced by Tigers on Wednesday, along with hooker Joe Duffey, prop Robbie Harris and centre Billy Twelvetrees.
Staunton has considerable experience of the Guinness Premiership, having previously played for Harlequins, London Irish and London Wasps.
Cockerill added: "Jeremy Staunton has been capped by Ireland and we are looking for that goal-kicking with Toby Flood being injured.
"He gives us another experienced option in the back-line positions and a proven ability as a goal-kicker."