Rhys Ruddock (born 13 November 1990) is a professional rugby union player. He currently plays for St Mary's College RFC and Leinster.[1] He plays in the backrow, at 6 or 8. In the 2009/2010 season, he captained the Irish U20s to winning the Six Nations Championship.

Rhys Ruddock
Date of birth (1990-11-13) 13 November 1990 (age 29)
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight113 kg (17.8 st; 249 lb)
SchoolMillfield School
UniversityUniversity College Dublin
Notable relative(s)Mike Ruddock (father)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
UCD ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)

Correct as of 12 January 2020
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)

Ireland U20
Emerging Ireland
Ireland Wolfhounds

Correct as of 19 October 2019

Rhys is the son of former Wales and Leinster coach Mike Ruddock and Bernadette Mary Ruddock who is Irish.[2] Born in Dublin and raised in Wales, he opted to follow his brother Ciaran Ruddock in joining the Leinster Academy from Ospreys youth, where he subsequently joined the Irish team soon after. He made his Leinster debut against his father's old club Newport Gwent Dragons.

In summer 2010, whilst playing for his first club in Ireland UCD, Ruddock got a call up to the Irish senior squad for their 2010 summer tour where he received his first cap vs Australia due to the shortage of back-row players to injury.[3] He started against New Zealand Māori in a non-cap match, and won his first cap for Ireland when he came off the bench against Australia.[4]

Ruddock was part of the Ireland squad for the 2012 Six Nations tournament.[5] Meanwhile, with Leinster, he became their youngest ever captain against Arioni in the Magners League, when he was still playing for UCD's under-20 side.[6]

Ruddock captained Ireland against the United States in the 2018 Autumn International, a match Ireland won 57-14. [7]

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  1. ^ "Leinster Profile".
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2011-02-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Sport News - The Scotsman - Scottish Sport". www.scotsman.com.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2011-02-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Cummiskey, Gavin. "Leinster kids to cut loose and run free". The Irish Times.
  7. ^ "Rhys Ruddock: Eight years on and Joe Schmidt still keeps everyone on their toes". www.irishexaminer.com. November 24, 2018.

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