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Former Wales Coach Mike Ruddock Joins Ospreys Short-Term

Mike Ruddock Ospreys

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.

Mike Ruddock Ospreys
Mike Ruddock

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.”

“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.

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Author: Sean McMahon

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