Rhys Ruddock

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Robbie Henshaw starts for Leinster against Connacht on Friday night. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Pro14, Connacht v Leinster, Friday November 8th, The Sportsground (kick-off 7.35pm, TG4, Eir Sport, Premier Sport) Connacht and Leinster welcome back(...)

Irish players are cared for better than any other team in the world, so where were they at psychologically?  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

As the nightmare unfolded I kept hearing two voices in my head. Over and over again came the words of Shane Lowry and Steve Hansen. “Nobody tells you(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt acknowledges the crowd as he walks down from the coaching box after the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand in Tokyo. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Nobody bar the ultimate winners, or in the case of Irish rugby, Brian O’Driscoll, gets to pen their own exit, and it’s particularly ironic that in ext(...)

New Zealand’s Kieran Read offloads despite the attempts of  Ireland’s Josh van der Flier and Tadhg Furlong to prevent him. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

The result in many respects informs the post mortem. Ireland were hammered on the scoreboard and the only point of dispute is to analyse how much of t(...)

New Zealand blindside wing forward Ardie Savea was phenomenal as South Africa ran riot over the All Blacks in those opening 20 minutes of their group clash. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Practise the skill and not the drill. And, of course, the crucial decision-making process. In attack or defence, when hunting to convert pressure into(...)

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(...)

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