Guinness Autumn International, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 8/11/2014 Ireland vs South Africa Springboks Ireland’s Devin Toner, Paul O’Connell and Rhys Ruddock with Bismarck du Plessis of South Africa SpringboksMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

I watched Rhys Ruddock play against South Africa with great joy. I had nothing to do with his journey in becoming an international rugby player(...)

David Nucifora during his time on the Wallabies’ coaching staff. “I always think that dealing face to face with people is a far better way of doing things,” he says. Photograph: Mark Nolan/Getty Images.

David Nucifora’s first task as the IRFU’s newly invented performance director was to bring Jonathan Sexton home from Racing Metro 92. Along with signi(...)

Mike Ruddock: “It has been difficult trying to juggle the ever increasing demands of the age grade programme whilst coaching Lansdowne in the Ulster Bank League and now it’s time to concentrate on trying to add another UBL title to the one we won in 2013.”

The IRFU has appointed Nigel Carolan as Ireland’s new under-20s coach after Mike Ruddock announced his resignation. Ruddock, a former Grand Slam winni(...)

Conor Owende of Old Belvedere takes a lineout catch during the Ulster Bank  Division 1A clash against  St Mary’s College at Anglesea Road. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ulster Bank League Division 1A round-up: Conor McKeon was the hero for Lansdowne as his nerveless injury-time penalty decided today’s low-scoring top (...)

South Africa’s Victor Matfield: will win a record 112th cap against Wales in Nelspruit on Saturday. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty

Mike Ruddock has made a number changes to his Ireland Under-20s side for tomorrow’s third place play-off at the IRB Junior World Championship. Jack O’(...)

Ireland’s Garry Ringrose has been nominated for the Junior Player of the Year Award. The Blackrock centre scored a try in the semifinal against England> Photograph: ©INPHO/Photosport/David Rowland

Ireland’s Garry Ringrose is among four nominees for the IRB Junior Player of the Year 2014. The outside centre carried well and repeatedly got over th(...)

 Ireland captain  Jack O’Donoghue. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho/Photosport

England U-20 42 Ireland U-20 15: There is no quibbling about the meritocracy of England’s victory as they eased to a comprehensive victory in the Unde(...)

Ross Molony and Jack O’Donoghue will be key men for Ireland Under-20s against England in their Junior World Cup semi-final in North Harbour, New Zealand. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Ringrose clan, St Michael’s College and UCD can take the most satisfaction from this odyssey. That’s what any journey to the penultimate stages o(...)

Leinster’s Peader Timmins returns at blindside flanker for Ireland in Sunday’s IRB Junior World Championship semi-final against England in Auckland. Photograph:    Jason Oxenham/Getty Images

Ireland under-20 coach Mike Ruddock has made three changes to his side for the IRB Junior World Championship semi-final clash against defending champi(...)

 Ireland’s Garry Ringrose seen here in action against France produced another brilliant display in the Under-20 Junior World Championship pool match against Fiji today. Photograph: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

Ireland U-20 38 Fiji U-20 0: There is a Latin phrase ‘omne trium perfectum,’ which translates as everything that comes in threes is perfect or complet(...)