Former Wales coach Mike Ruddock has been appointed by the Ospreys on a short-term basis to review the club’s rugby operation.
Although head coach Allen Clarke is still technically employed by the club, coaches Matt Sherratt and Carl Hogg were in charge of the Ospreys’ 13-18 loss to the Cheetahs at the weekend.
Ruddock, who led Wales to a Grand Slam in 2004, has been the head coach of Irish club Lansdowne for the last number of seasons while he also coached Ireland U20s and Leinster.
Ruddock has been appointed by the Ospreys on a consultancy basis for a month where he will provide support to interim coaches Sherratt and Hogg.
“We are delighted to have Mike join us for a month,” said Andrew Millward, the Ospreys Managing Director.
“The coaches and players have all welcomed the decision to draft him in to offer his support and having him play a key role in our review of our rugby operations.”
With regret but with our full support we announce that with immediate effect Mike Ruddock has taken a position with @ospreys to become intially a Consultant for a month but may turn into a longer commitment Mike & Ospreys have kept us fully informed at all times. 1/2
— Lansdowne FC (@LansdowneFC) December 2, 2019
“As an aside, Mike is extremely excited about assisting the Ospreys and the coaching staff,” said Ruddock’s agent Tom Beattie of TDB Sports.
“He is pleased to confirm that he has secured temporary release from his employment duties with Lansdowne FC & with Acorn Global Recruitment for the month of December 2019.”
Ruddock will begin his role on Tuesday morning while Mark McHugh will take over as Lansdowne head coach on an interim basis.