Mike Ruddock

91 results

La Rochelle’s Raymond Rhule runs in a try during the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final against Sale Sharks at the   Stade Marcel Deflandre. Photograph:  Dave Winter/Inpho

Ronan O’Gara might be loathe to claim full credit for the maturation as a player of the 28-year-old former Springbok winger Raymond Rhule but there’s (...)

Leinster’s Josh van der Flier scores a try against Lyon during a Heineken Champions Cup game at the RDS  in January 2020. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The American racing driver Bobby Unser once observed that “success is where preparation and opportunity meet”, a maxim that easily straddles many form(...)

Former Lansdowne head coach Mike Ruddock. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

The Ruddocks’ Celtic union was formed, naturally enough, over pints after Welsh choir practice in Dublin. The Irish bloodlines go deeper than you mig(...)

Connacht’s Tom Daly is perhaps the in-form centre in Ireland at the moment. Photograph: Inpho

Just over two years ago, by his own admission, Tom Daly’s career was “kinda lost”, whereupon a call from Andy Friend changed everything. Having taken(...)

Principality Stadium in Cardiff. There are few if any better places in the world to enjoy a big rugby match. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Descending from the valleys like red-clad wildebeest, they squeeze into Cardiff’s watering holes, cheek by jowl with friend and foe in heady anticipat(...)

Tadhg Furlong in action against Scotland during the Six Nations game against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on February 1st. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

For players and coaches who have young families, being in lockdown has its pluses. And likewise for those from a farming background. Not a bad time at(...)

Garry Ringrose has signed a  new two-year central contract that will keep the talented centre with Leinster until the end of the 2021-22 season at least. Photograph: Tom Honan

A shaft of light amid the glooming. Garry Ringrose is believed to have signed a two-year contract to continue playing with Leinster and Ireland until (...)

Barry Daly makes a break for Leinster against BenettonGuinness at the RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Barry Daly’s rugby career could bring to mind the popular board game, ‘Snakes and Ladders,’ a volatile sequence of ups and downs. The 27-year-old Lein(...)

Max Deegan with attack coach Mike Catt during Tuesday’s training session. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Max Deegan and Jordan Larmour once formed a centre partnership for the Wanderers’ Under-12 minis, were reunited after school in the colours of Leinste(...)

JJ Hanrahan: this run of three games triples his number of previous matches at ‘10’ in the Heineken Cup before this season. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

JJ Hanrahan has had one of the more curious career stories in modern Irish rugby. Opportunity has finally started to knock for a truly rare talent, w(...)

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • Next
  • Last »