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#Mike Ruddock

# mike-ruddock - Monday 2 December, 2019

Grand Slam winning coach Ruddock joins Ospreys from Lansdowne on short-term deal

Mike Ruddock’s move is for one month but it “may turn into a longer commitment.”

# mike-ruddock - Sunday 10 March, 2019

'He could have another eight years or more at the highest level, which is scary!'

From second-choice scrum-half to world-class 13, Garry Ringrose’s rise has been extraordinary.

# mike-ruddock - Thursday 3 May, 2018

'I'm probably going through the back door': Ruddock happy in the club game

The former Wales head coach is now settled in his role at Lansdowne.

# mike-ruddock - Sunday 15 January, 2017

Irishman Tadhg Beirne thriving with new lease of life at the Scarlets

The 25-year-old has been impressing in the second row and at blindside.

# mike-ruddock - Saturday 28 May, 2016

Bealham has come long way from Canberra and freezing-cold Renmore

The 24-year-old Connacht prop won his first Ireland cap this season.

# mike-ruddock - Monday 11 May, 2015

Ruddock's 'next minute' mantra helped Lansdowne on road to glory

“Our focus has always been that if something goes wrong, forget that,” says the former Wales coach.

# mike-ruddock - Friday 8 May, 2015

Lansdowne's professional approach reaps rewards in Ulster Bank League

Club captain Ron Boucher outlines the detailed approach LFC take under Mike Ruddock.

# mike-ruddock - Friday 10 October, 2014

Connacht's Carolan appointed Ireland U20s coach after Ruddock steps down

The Grand Slam-winning Welshman plans to focus his full attention on his job with Lansdowne.

# mike-ruddock - Sunday 15 June, 2014

Ireland U20s well beaten as powerful England advance to JWC final

Mike Ruddock’s men conceded five tries and now face a 3rd/4th place play-off against South Africa or New Zealand.

# mike-ruddock - Friday 13 June, 2014

Cian Kelleher confident Ireland U20s can topple England to reach JWC final

The Leinster fullback has been one of a number of Irish players to impress in New Zealand.

Ireland U20s make three changes for JWC semi-final with England

“Nothing less than our ‘A’ game will do,” said Wolfpuppies head coach Mike Ruddock.

# mike-ruddock - Tuesday 10 June, 2014

Ireland U20s to face England in semi-finals of the JWC

Jack O’Donoghue will lead his side out against the English on Sunday in Auckland.

# mike-ruddock - Monday 9 June, 2014

Four changes for Ireland U20s ahead of crucial JWC clash with Fiji

Mike Ruddock’s side can qualify for a first-ever semi-final by claiming a bonus-point win.

# mike-ruddock - Friday 6 June, 2014

Byrne, O'Donoghue, Ringrose and Taggart stand out for Ireland U20s

With Ireland now set up to compete for a JWC semi-final spot, we look at those who excelled against Wales.

Ireland U20s get JWC campaign back on track with superb win over Wales

Mike Ruddock’s side scored four tries in Pukekohe, with Ross Byrne excellent in the 10 shirt.

# mike-ruddock - Thursday 5 June, 2014

Peadar Timmins: Ireland can't afford another flop against aggressive Welsh

The 20-year-old is confident his U20 teammates can right the wrong of a Six Nations lost to the Welsh.

# mike-ruddock - Sunday 1 June, 2014

Beating France could propel Ireland U20s to Junior World Championship - Ruddock

The Wolfpuppies coach is plotting revenge for a narrow Six Nations defeat.

# mike-ruddock - Friday 16 May, 2014

The best is yet to come for Rhys Ruddock, says proud father Mike

It has taken five seasons for the 23-year-old to become an overnight success.

# mike-ruddock - Thursday 15 May, 2014

Mike Ruddock: 'We're not flying halfway around the world to make up the numbers'

The Ireland U20s coach spoke to us about trial matches, job offers and keeping in touch with Paddy Jackson.

Surgery can wait as Sean O'Brien targets World Cup success

The Connacht lock will lead Mike Ruddock’s squad during next month’s tournament in New Zealand.

# mike-ruddock - Monday 28 April, 2014

8 new faces in Ireland U20 squad for 2014 Junior World Championship

Coach Mike Ruddock has selected four players that featured in last year’s JWC, including captain Sean O’Brien.

# mike-ruddock - Thursday 17 April, 2014

Strong club rugby in Ireland helping to develop U20 internationals - Ruddock

The Ireland U20 coach says AIL exposure has challenged the pecking order in his squad ahead of the Junior World Championship.

# mike-ruddock - Wednesday 16 April, 2014

Barbarians name first batch of players to take on Clontarf next week

Mike Ruddock will coach the invitational side in their one-off match against the AIL club on the 23rd of April.

# mike-ruddock - Friday 14 March, 2014

Courageous Ireland U20s fall short as France clinch Grand Slam

Mike Ruddock’s charges were hoping to end their campaign on a high ahead of this summer’s Junior World Championships.

# mike-ruddock - Wednesday 12 March, 2014

Three changes as Ruddock's Ireland U20s aim to ruin France's Grand Slam

The Sean O’Brien-captained Irish are targeting their third win of the championship.

# mike-ruddock - Saturday 8 March, 2014

5 Under 20s that shone in Ireland's canter over Italy

A number of Leinster players stood out for Mike Ruddock’s men while Italy’s search for a goal-kicker goes on.

# mike-ruddock - Thursday 6 March, 2014

Ireland U20 international Jack O'Donoghue focused on constant improvement

The powerful Munster academy back row has been working hard to increase his breakdown skills.

# mike-ruddock - Wednesday 5 March, 2014

Two changes for Ireland U20s as captain Dan Leavy's Six Nations ends

The Leinster flanker is struggling with a shoulder injury and will miss the remaining two games.

# mike-ruddock - Thursday 20 February, 2014

Munster centre Goggin starts for Ireland U20s as Ruddock makes three changes

No. 8 Jack O’Donoghue has failed to recover from injury, meaning a switch in the back row.

Ireland U20s can keep Six Nations hopes alive by crashing England's crisis corridor

Ulster hooker and former U20 captain Niall Annett believes Mike Ruddock’s young charges can keep their championship alive at Franklin’s Gardens.

# mike-ruddock - Wednesday 5 February, 2014

Ireland U20s make one change ahead of Wales clash

Cian Kelleher comes in on the right wing, while there are three personnel switches on the bench.

# mike-ruddock - Thursday 16 January, 2014

Ruddock confident that young stars can fill gaps left by Top 14 temptation

With Sean O’Brien and Jamie Heaslip reportedly close to a move away, the under 20 boss says there are ready-made replacements available.

# mike-ruddock - Wednesday 15 January, 2014

Here's the Ireland squad for the U20 Six Nations

Mike Ruddock has named a 28-man squad ahead of the tournament opener later this month.

# mike-ruddock - Wednesday 25 September, 2013

Connacht's Ronaldson thinks All-Ireland League has plenty more to offer

The outhalf joined the western province from Lansdowne during the summer and is happy with his progress so far.

# mike-ruddock - Sunday 23 June, 2013

Ireland U20s Junior World Championship campaign ends with Aussie defeat

Mike Ruddock’s young charges gave up a 20-point lead before battling back in the second-half.

# mike-ruddock - Thursday 13 June, 2013

Ireland U20s' semi-final dreams dashed by mighty New Zealand

Mike Ruddock’s men staged a late fightback but went down fighting at the Junior World Championships.

# mike-ruddock - Wednesday 5 June, 2013

Ireland U20s beat Australia at Junior World Cup

Mike Ruddock’s team secured a hugely impressive win in France today.

# mike-ruddock - Tuesday 2 April, 2013

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Poll: Who should replace Declan Kidney as Ireland coach?

As the IRFU announce their decision to part company with Kidney, we ask who you think should replace him.

# mike-ruddock - Saturday 30 March, 2013

Lansdowne clinch Ulster Bank League with victory over Clontarf

Mike Ruddock’s side were the runaway success of the season and had too much for their Northside rivals.

# mike-ruddock - Saturday 2 February, 2013

Ireland U20s endure narrow loss to Wales in Six Nations opener

Tries from Luke McGrath and Tom Daly were not enough to earn Mike Ruddock’s men a win at Colwyn Bay last night.

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