Mike Ruddock, OBE (born 5 September 1959 in Blaina) is a Welsh rugby union coach, currently interim consultant for Ospreys (rugby union) having been coach of Lansdowne FC . Ruddock was the Director of Rugby at the Worcester Warriors until his resignation on 28 April 2010. He the coach of the Welsh national rugby union team from 2004 until February 2006 and Leinster Coach from 1997 to 2000
|Date of birth||5 September 1959|
|Place of birth||Blaina, Wales|
|Rugby union career|
He is the father of Irish rugby union international Rhys Ruddock.
He also played for Wales under-16s and Wales B, but his playing days were ended prematurely by an accident at work in 1985. Working as an electricity linesman, he fell from a pole, suffering serious injuries including three compressed vertebrae and a fractured skull.
He began his career as a coach at Blaina and guided them to a Monmouthshire Premier League title & a Ben Francis Cup victory, he later coached Cross Keys and had a spell in Ireland with Bective Rangers. As coach of Swansea, he recorded a 21–6 win over the touring Australians in 1992 and won Welsh league titles in 1992 and 1994 and the Welsh Cup in 1995. In 1997, he again moved to Ireland as director of coaching at Leinster.
Wales national rugby union teamEdit
In 2004, Steve Hansen left his post as coach of the Welsh national side to return to New Zealand, and Ruddock was appointed to the job. In his first season, Wales completed the Grand Slam in the Six Nations Championship for the first time since 1978. He received an OBE in the 2006 New Years Honours List.
On 14 February 2006, Ruddock resigned as coach of the Welsh National Team when contract negotiations with the WRU broke down.
Post Welsh national coachEdit
Ruddock temporarily left rugby following his departure from the Wales team, but soon returned to the game as an assistant coach of Mumbles RFC winning the Division 3 South West title, also taking charge of a World XV and coaching the forwards of a Barbarians select team on a tour of England & South Africa. During his coaching career Ruddock won the Welsh Coach of the Year in 1992 and 2005.
Ruddock's return to the mainstream was announced on 1 May 2007, when, two days after narrowly avoiding relegation from the Guinness Premiership, Worcester Warriors appointed Ruddock as Director of Rugby, replacing John Brain. Ruddock took Worcester to the Amlin Challenge Cup Final as well as the Middlesex 7's final at Twickenham before their luck ran out. Following the Warriors 12-10 defeat to Leeds Carnegie on 25 April 2010, the Worcester were relegated from the Guinness Premiership, and Mike Ruddock subsequently resigned from his post as Director of Rugby on 28 April.
- "Wales Coach Archive: Mike Ruddock 2004 -2006". WRU. Retrieved 2008-12-10.[permanent dead link].
- "Wales Coach Archive: Mike Ruddock 2004 -2006". WRU. Retrieved 2008-12-10.[permanent dead link]
- Worcester profile Archived 2008-12-20 at the Wayback Machine
- "Ruddock Appointed Ireland U-20 Coach". Irishrugby.ie. August 4, 2010. Archived from the original on August 6, 2010. Retrieved August 4, 2010. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: