Sunday 15 December 2019

Lansdowne coach Mike Ruddock joins struggling Ospreys on short-term contract

Lansdowne coach Mike Ruddock has joined the Ospreys on a short-term contract. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Lansdowne coach Mike Ruddock has joined the Ospreys on a short-term contract. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Mike Ruddock is set to be appointed Ospreys head coach on a short-term contract.

The former Leinster, Wales and Ireland U-20 coach will leave his position as Lansdowne head coach, with Mark McHugh taking over on an interim basis. The Dublin club have enjoyed huge success under the Welsh native, who received an "unsolicited approach" from his home region, after they parted company with former Ireland hooker Allen Clarke last week.

They gave consent for him to speak to the Ospreys and he is expected to take over the vacant post at the struggling region, who have won just once this season and are languishing second from bottom of Conference A of the Guinness PRO14. A former Swansea player, Ruddock guided Lansdowne to three Energia All-Ireland League titles to go with his previous success as an international coach with Wales, with whom he won a historic Grand Slam in 2005.

Leinster women's coach Ben Armstrong is set to assist McHugh at Lansdowne, currently second from bottom in Division 1A, with Ruddock committed to providing guidance from afar where needed.

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