Rhys Ruddock

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Caelan Doris has become a starter in the Irish backrow. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

For Ireland, 2020 was supposed to be a fresh start. Joe Schmidt’s brilliant seven-year tenure had ended in disappointment, as his side limped home fro(...)

Munster’s Gavin Coombes in action against Connacht during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the Sportsground. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell will reveal how talent, previous service, experience and current form are weighted in his calculations when announcing(...)

Ireland’s Rob Herring and Conor Murray celebrate Tadhg Furlong scoring a try during the Six Nations match against Wales last year. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Tadhg Furlong’s injury purgatory should conclude in the next fortnight as the Lions, Ireland and Leinster tighthead prop has embraced a substantial tr(...)

Leinster’s James Tracy scores his team’s fourth try against Ulster. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster 24 Ulster 12 The unthinkable, namely successive Leinster home defeats in this competition for the first time, seemed conceivable when Ulster(...)

Garry Ringrose, seen here tackling Northampton’s Fraser Dingwall along Dan Leavy,  suffered a jaw injury in the game. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Garry Ringrose must undergo yet another period of recuperation after suffering a second jaw injury. Ringrose, who broke his jaw against Italy in Octob(...)

 Leinster’s Ryan Baird during the Champions Cup round two match against Northampton Saints: the standout memory will be the performance of the galloping all-action   Baird. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Leinster 35 Northampton 19 Halfway through the group stages and it’s not putting the cart before the horse to suggest that Leinster can realistically(...)

Dave Kearney dives over to score Leinster’s third try in the Heineken Champions Cup game against Northampton at the RDS. Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA Wire

Leinster 35 Northampton 19 Job done. Leinster’s second bonus-point win cemented their place atop Pool A and with Montpellier and Northampton both now(...)

Harry Byrne will start for Leinster this weekend. File photograph: Inpho

In recent times Leinster have had three pairs of brothers on their books, but whereas Ed and Bryan Byrne, along with Rob and Dave Kearney, could be ac(...)

Leinster’s James Tracy supports Rhys Ruddock in Saturday’s Champions Cup win against Montpellier. Photograph: Inpho

Montpellier 14 Leinster 35 The sight of all 23 Leinster bodies performing on a higher plain has become the norm. However, the sight of Peter Dooley (...)

Dan Leavy is mobbed by his Leinster team-mates after scoring the bonus-point try in the Heineken Champions Cup match against Montpellier at the  GGL stadium. Photograph: Dave Winter/Inpho

Montpellier 14 Leinster 35 Progress, by any measurement, is a victory in France when Johnny Sexton pulls up during the warm-up. Hell hath no fury li(...)

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