Mike Ruddock

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Garry Ringrose in action against Toulouse during the  Heineken Champions Cup Semi Final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: INPHO/Billy Stickland

For the fifth time in the last 11 years, Leinster’s chances of winning a Heineken Champions Cup final are noticeably enhanced by having a brilliant nu(...)

Clontarf’s Matt D’Arcy is tackled by  Tom Roche of Lansdowne during the All-Ireland League Division 1A semi-final at  Castle Avenue. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Clontarf 23 Lansdowne 15 Clontarf proved too strong for defending All-Ireland League champions Lansdowne as they deservedly clinched their place in n(...)

 George North of Wales scores the first try during the Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff in March  2017. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

There is a bus story from 2005 that Mike Ruddock likes to tell and retell, as is his right forever more. “I remember talking to Reggie Corrigan about(...)

Rory Best: played in all 51 of Ireland’s matches in the Six Nations from February 4th, 2007 until the second game of the 2017 tournament.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Saturday’s game against Wales, the final match of the 2019 Six Nations Championship, is likely to be Rory Best’s swansong in terms of the tournament i(...)

 Saturday’s clash in Cardiff will mark Joe Schmidt’s 30th and last Six Nations game as Ireland’s head coach, and also Warren Gatland’s 50th and last for Wales. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland appear to have drawn something of a short straw again. Playing England first-up they ran into a hugely motivated team who’d had a fortnight t(...)

Connacht’s Paul Boyle in action against  Southern Kings. “He carries hard, he tackles hard, he knows his role and he knows where he’s meant to be,” says coach Andy Friend.   Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Paul Boyle has never shirked a challenge or cowed in the face of adversity on a rugby pitch. So, when a contract didn’t materialise at Leinster as he (...)

Johnny Sexton with his  Guinness Rugby Writers’ of Ireland Player of the Year Award.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan

Johnny Sexton was last night honoured as the Guinness Rugby Writers’ Ireland Player of the Year for 2017/18 after a season in which he was the orchest(...)

Incoming Ulster coach Dan McFarland looks to be a good fit for the province. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

That was meant to have been a quiet week; just the Pro14 quarter-final between Munster and Edinburgh, and the Ulster Bank League final featuring Lansd(...)

Cork Constitution’s Niall Kenneally with Lansdowne’s Ian Prendiville at the Aviva Stadium ahead of Sunday’s final. Photograph: Inpho

Cork Constitution v Lansdowne, Aviva stadium, Sunday, 3pm – Live RTÉ For some, the All-Ireland League final represents a stepping stone into the prof(...)

Mike Ruddock: “It’s going to come down to a massive effort again on Sunday against an excellent team who know how to win.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Lansdowne go into Sunday’s Ulster Bank League final at the Aviva Stadium as the warmest of favourites to win a third title in Mike Ruddock’s seven yea(...)

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