Rhys Ruddock

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Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw  is tackled by Jonny May of England during their   Six Nations defeat at the Aviva Stadium on February 2nd. Photograph: Reuters

Perhaps the most acute disappointment arising from Ireland’s quarter-final defeat to Argentina in the 2015 Rugby World Cup was the fact that Joe Schmi(...)

Iain Henderson: was cited for an incident in the Guinness Pro14 game against Ospreys  but was cleared by the disciplinary committee. Photograph: Gary  Carr/INpho

The news emanating from the Ireland camp was largely upbeat and positive ahead of Sunday’s Six Nations Championship match against Italy at the Stadio(...)

Dave Kearney will miss Friday night’s clash with the Southern Kings after picking up a concussion in Leinster’s win over Zebre. Photograph:  Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Dave Kearney, Rhys Ruddock and Dan Leavy remain on the Leinster injury list as the province face into Friday night’s Pro 14 game against Southern King(...)

 Joe Schmidt: The last time he saw Ireland recover from an interval deficit to record a victory was in the  23-17 victory over the Pumas  in Tucumán, Argentina in  2014. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland’s 23-17 victory over the Pumas at the Estadio Monumental Jose Fiero in Tucumán, Argentina on Saturday, June 14th, 2014 represents a landmark m(...)

England’s Jonny May competes for the ball with Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw and Conor Murray  during the Guinness Six Nations match at Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Stick or twist? Stick, for sure. An Irish team that had won 18 of its previous 19 matches – something which was beyond the realms of possibility for a(...)

Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony wins a lineout and passes to Conor Murray during the Six Nations match against England. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland are in pain but they do not need a wake-up call. Irish flanker Peter O’Mahony pointed out that while the first Irish get-together after the op(...)

England’s Billy Vunipola attempts to block a kick from Ireland’s Conor Murray. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Ireland will be measured not by how they lost the game but in the manner in which they address and respond to the defeat. Failure, and all that attend(...)

Ultan Dillane during Ireland training at Carton House in the build-up to the England Six nations opener. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland play nine Tests, five in the Six Nations and four warm-up games, ahead of this year’s World Cup in Japan. The priority for all those in conten(...)

Connacht’s Caolin Blade looks set to be included in the Ireland squad for the opening two Six Nations matches. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Caolin Blade, the uncapped 24-year-old Connacht scrumhalf, is set to be included in the Irish squad for their defence of the forthcoming Six Nations w(...)

Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock wins a lineout during the Champions Cup victory over Toulouse. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As statements of intent go, Saturday was vintage. Leinster, missing a third of their international players, showed Europe how a winning culture can be(...)

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