Rhys Ruddock

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Ireland’s CJ Stander, Andrew Porter and James Ryan during the anthems before their defeat to Japan at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A worrying picture is beginning to form of this Ireland pack being ranked below previous Irish versions at World Cups. That theory can be altered over(...)

Bundee Aki in training ahead of Ireland’s clash with Samoa next Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Storm clouds gathering again. Ultimately the severe weather alert for the opening weekend proved unfounded, with the New Zealand-South Africa game una(...)

Ruddock’s hard-carrying performance against Russia highlighted the need to have him in the mix.

Rory Best is right. This is not the largely joyless campaign of 2007 revisited. This is a much more united squad, far better prepared, with more devel(...)

 Rhys Ruddock scores Ireland’s third try as John Ryan celebrates  during the  Group A game against Russia at the   Misaki Stadium  in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Ireland 35 Russia 0 By any normal yardstick securing a bonus point just past the hour, scoring five tries in total, keeping an opposing team scoreles(...)

 Ireland hooker Sean Cronin  is tackled by Russia scrumhalf Dmitry Perov during the  Rugby World Cup Pool A clash at the Kobe Misaki Stadium in Kobe. Photograph:  Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty

How to frame Ireland’s bonus point win? Yes, a bonus point is what we had hoped for, a result which would lead to a happy camp. But for so much of the(...)

Johnny Sexton stabs through a kick for Peter O’Mahony to score Ireland’s second try in Kobe. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt’s Ireland no longer looks like a Joe Schmidt team. Successful Schmidt sides - all of them up until 2019 - needed Johnny Sexton to guide t(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt talks to Johnny Sexton ahead of the Rugby World Cup clash with Russia at Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe City. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Joe Schmidt had sensed an anxiety and hesitancy in Ireland’s defeat by Japan and this appeared to resurface in a scoreless half-hour in the middle of (...)

Man of the match Rhys Ruddock carries at Igor Galinovskiy. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty

A five-try, bonus-point win against a Russian team that played 20 minutes with 14 players will feel underwhelming, especially given the nature of the (...)

Ireland fans celebrate winning in Kobe. Photograph: Jayne Russell/Inpho

There were times in that second half when Donal Lenihan was so down in the dumps he tried to lift his spirits by playing a game of spot-the-look-a-lik(...)

Ireland’s Bundee Aki adds his weight to a ruck as  scrumhalf Luke McGrath holds on to the ball against Russia at the Kobe Misaki Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

On a rainy night in Kobe, Ireland left a steamy arena with a necessary win over modest Russia but without fully rediscovering the collective strength (...)

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