# Rhys Ruddock

Last year
# Opportunity
Ruddock: South Africa trip perfect preparation for Champions Cup date with Tigers
The province take on the Sharks and the Stormers in South Africa before heading to Welford Road.
# hometown boy
'When I weighed up the options, I just loved being at Leinster'
Rhys Ruddock recently signed a new contract at Leinster, fresh after winning his 200th cap for the province.
# rhys is the word
Dan Leavy returns with Ruddock to captain Leinster on milestone appearance
Leinster face the Emirates Lions at the RDS tomorrow night.
All time
# Impact
'It was a goal to get back in the Irish jersey, so it was nice to achieve that'
Rhys Ruddock would have loved more game time in the Six Nations.
# Opportunity
Farrell tells players to seize their chance as his Six Nations plans go wildly off script
Ireland head into Sunday’s game against France without the services of four key leaders.
# no fear
'Rhys, he's what you would consider the ice hockey enforcer'
Ireland prop Cian Healy says the squad have full faith in the new faces named in the team to play France.
# Options
Doris injury leaves Ireland with crucial call in the back row for visit to Wales
Head coach Andy Farrell has a range of skillsets to choose from for his side’s Six Nations opener.
# Trial
Ruddock among those keen to impress Farrell in last Six Nations audition
Munster’s clash with Leinster gives players one last chance to convince the Ireland boss.
# Injury List
Ruddock fit and Larmour back training but Leinster have a host of injury doubts
The province’s injury list remains lengthy and features some key men.
# pro14
First start for 21-year-old Birr prop, cap 100 for Molony and Ruddock captains Leinster in Wales
Leo Cullen has named his side to face Ospreys tomorrow, with Dan Leavy on the bench again.
# Leader
Ruddock not back in Ireland plans but still 'driving everyone else' in Leinster
The 29-year-old back row is in excellent form early on in the new season.
# A Teams
Hawkshaw, not Leavy, set for return with Leinster A after long injury lay-off
Ciaran Frawley and Harry Byrne are named to start in tandem for tomorrow’s A inter-pro at the RDS.
# rotation
Ruddock moves to 8 as Leinster make eight changes for trip to Neath
Leo Cullen has rung the changes for tomorrow’s clash with the Ospreys.
# Competition
'A lot of people have been asking questions about John Cooney today'
Andy Farrell continues to underline the importance of competition, but is tight-lipped over selection for next week’s Six Nations opener.
# Champions Cup
Ruddock carrying form and fire from World Cup to Leinster duty
The back row was a stand-out in Ireland’s disappointing stint in Japan and he is primed to continue his form as European competition gets under way.
# Impact
Rhys Ruddock puts his hand up with powerful performance for Ireland
The 28-year-old was named man of the match against Russia yesterday.
# RWC2019
'Being labelled as captain is not enough, I'll be judged on how I perform'
Rhys Ruddock has been handed the captaincy, but the flanker knows he must do more than lead from the front in the fight for World Cup places.
# Concern
Ruddock emerges as injury concern for Leinster's Champions Cup final
The flanker suffered a head knock against Ulster and experienced a relapse before last weekend’s semi-final.
# Setbacks
McGrath fights for Ireland spot while Ruddock and Leavy have injury frustrations
Leinster’s loosehead has had to watch on as Dave Kilcoyne has moved up the pecking order.
# Injury Update
Ruddock ruled out of Italy clash while Leinster's Leavy still sidelined
The blindside flanker has picked up a hamstring injury.
# Derby Day
Cullen's Leinster look towards 'tricky' Ulster side with many familiar faces
The Leinster head coach was pleased with a ‘controlled’ performance from his team in Coventry.
# Derby
Leinster and Ruddock eyeing 'special win' at Munster's Thomond fortress
The provincial rivals meet in Limerick on Saturday evening.
Ruddock credits 'incredible' Schmidt before Ireland boss' big announcement
The 53-year-old is set to confirm his decision early next week.
# Options
Ireland's win in Chicago allows players to put hands up for Argentina Test
Joe Schmidt was impressed with the likes of Tadhg Beirne as his team beat Italy.
# new caps
'Workaholic' Ruddock captains as Schmidt looks for seamless Ireland debuts
Will Addison and Ross Byrne are set to win their first caps off the Ireland bench against Italy.
# stepping up
Ruddock to captain Ireland as Chicago clash offers important opportunities
The halfback positions are one of the most interesting areas ahead of the clash against Italy.
# Espoirs
Toulouse's exciting young guns show the way as Leinster come up short
‘It was beautiful, sometimes we’re beautiful!’
# vc
Ruddock fit and flexible as he leads Leinster into new campaign
After coming out of a difficult period of injury smiling, Ruddock is the perfect foil to lead Leinster alongside Johnny Sexton.
# Leader
Johnny Sexton succeeds retired Isa Nacewa as Leinster's captain
Rhys Ruddock is the province’s new vice-captain.
# Hamstrung
'Hopefully it won't be anything too major': Ruddock suffers fresh injury setback
Leinster’s back row options could be stretched further for Scarlets.
# 9 problems
McGrath in a boot as scrum-half faces race to be fit for Champions Cup semi-final
There is also continued uncertainty over Sean O’Brien’s return.
# Champions Cup
Rhys Ruddock has been training the house down
Stuart Lancaster and Leinster’s strength and conditioning team have been impressed by Ruddock’s improvement ahead of the Champions Cup clash with Saracens.
# making progress
Leinster's injured trio could return for Champions Cup showdown with Saracens
Luke McGrath, Rhys Ruddock and Sean O’Brien are all nearing returns.
# comeback trail
Ruddock on track to provide Leinster with boost for Champions Cup quarter-final
The flanker has been sidelined since December but is making good progress.
# option
'I’ve heard nothing from Joe... There is no point in getting up my hopes'
In-form Scarlets star Tadhg Beirne says he is hoping but not necessarily expecting to be part of Ireland’s Six Nations squad.
# Champions Cup
Van der Flier gets the nod as Cullen makes one change for round two against Exeter
Josh van der Flier comes in to start for the injured Rhys Ruddock, while Andrew Porter could be in line to make his Champions Cup debut.
# blindsided
Rhys Ruddock to consult surgeon this week amid hamstring fears
Jonathan Sexton is no issue for Leinster’s medical team, while Adam Byrne and Ross Molony are due back in training at UCD this week.
# prepared
Ruddock leads an Irish charge low on experience, high on confidence against Fiji
From uncapped centre Chris Farrell to Andrew Porter on his first international start as tighthead, this Ireland side feel they are ready to meet Schmidt’s standards.
# taking the reins
'They call today the captain's run, it was more Joey's run' -- Ruddock
“I’m just head down and push,” says lead-by-example skipper Rhys Ruddock.
# November Tests
'Whatever happens, deal with it, move on and hopefully you get your opportunity later on'
Rhys Ruddock is pushing hard for a starting berth against South Africa but knows he’ll need to displace a trio of Lions.