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Rhys Ruddock
DOB13th Nov 1990
BirthplaceDublin, Ireland
Height1.91 m (6' 3")
Weight111 kg (17 st 6 lb)
PositionBack Row
HonoursIreland (3 caps)
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School: Millfield School

Leinster 'A' Caps: 4 (v Munster x3, Connacht)
British & Irish Cup Caps: 8 (v Plymouth Albion x2, Worcester Warriors, Munster, Pontypridd, Jersey x2, Bristol)

Ireland 'A' (Wolfhounds) Caps: 2 (v England Saxons x2)
Emerging Ireland Caps: 3 (captain v Uruguay x2, South African XV)
Ireland Under-20 Caps: 16 (v Wales x3, France x3, Italy x2, England x3, Scotland x2, New Zealand, Uruguay, Samoa)
Leinster Under-20 Cap: 1 (v Connacht)

Son of Ireland Under-20, and former Leinster, coach Mike, and elder brother to former provincial teammate, Ciaran. The versatile back-row made his Leinster debut as a 19-year-old in December 2009 but was well known on the Irish rugby scene for a number of years at that stage. Ruddock attended Millfield School in Somerset.

He made three appearances for the Blues in 2009/10 and captained the Ireland Under-20 team to Six Nations success. In the summer of 2010, Ruddock toured to the Southern Hemisphere with Ireland and lined out in an Irish XV against the New Zealand Maoris before winning his international debut against Australia a fortnight later.

He returned the stronger from the summer tour and played 16 times for Leinster in the Magners League. In January 2011, the Dublin-born player featured at blindside flanker alongside Shane Jennings and Sean O’Brien as the province powered to an impressive Heineken Cup win at Stade Yves du Manoir. The Blues would go on to win the cup that May.

Ruddock was given increased game time, and starts, by Joe Schmidt last season and scored his first senior try against Aironi in October 2011. He played at openside flanker against the Italians on the night that, aged 21, he became the province’s youngest ever captain.

The back-row played in four Heineken Cup games in a cup-retaining season for Leinster and chipped in with a try in the pool stage thrashing of Bath at the Aviva Stadium. He featured at Number 8 when Ireland Wolfhounds played England Saxons in January 2012 and was part of the senior Ireland training squad for the Six Nations.
 

 
Date Opposition Tries Conv DG Pen YC RC Pts Mins
06/09/2013
Scarlets







80
14/09/2013
Ospreys







9
27/09/2013
Cardiff Blues







69
12/10/2013
Ospreys







11
19/10/2013
Castres Olympique







10
26/10/2013
Connacht Rugby







25
01/11/2013
Newport Gwent Dragons







80
24/11/2013
Benetton Treviso







80
30/11/2013
Scarlets







80
07/12/2013
Northampton Saints







76
14/12/2013
Northampton Saints







57
28/12/2013
Ulster Rugby







80
04/01/2014
Connacht Rugby







54
17/01/2014
Ospreys







80
14/02/2014
Newport Gwent Dragons







80
20/02/2014
Cardiff Blues







40
01/03/2014
Glasgow Warriors
1





5
80
06/04/2014
RC Toulon







80
18/04/2014
Benetton Treviso







79
02/05/2014
Ulster Rugby







62
10/05/2014
Edinburgh Rugby







26
17/05/2014
Ulster Rugby







56
31/05/2014
Glasgow Warriors








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