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'I got some brilliant feedback' - Ruddock raring to go ahead of Leinster return

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Rhys Ruddock starts for Leinster against the Cheetahs on Saturday. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Rhys Ruddock starts for Leinster against the Cheetahs on Saturday. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Rhys Ruddock starts for Leinster against the Cheetahs on Saturday. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Rhys Ruddock has paid tribute to the Leinster coaching staff as he looks to bounce back from the disappointment of missing out on the Ireland Six Nations squad.

The back row is back in action tomorrow as Leinster take on the Cheetahs at the RDS in the Guinness PRO14 (kick-off 2.30pm) after becoming one of the World Cup squad to suffer from the new broom swept through since Andy Farrel’s ascension to the head coach role.

And while the 29-year-old has spoken to Farrell about what he needs to do to come back into international contention, Ruddock says his Leinster coaches have been a big help since receiving the news of his Six Nations omission.

"I met with both Leo (Cullen) and Stuart (Lancaster) and got some brilliant sort of feedback and ideas from them," he told The Left Wing, Independent.ie’s rugby podcast in association with Land Rover.

"In fairness to Leo and Stuart, they're both very good when something happens, like coming back from the Six Nations, the World Cup or when you don't make the cut.

"They're straight away looking to meet up and see where your head's at, see what the plan is over the next period, whatever that may be and coming up with how to work on that.

"It's great to have that. Just the opportunity to go and talk to them. At the end of the day, they're the people that I've been working with the last three weeks since I had that news.

"And then also over the next three games so it’s good to have them understand where you're at. What you're going after, what you want to work on. Supporting you in that sense is huge. So I’m looking forward to getting out on Saturday and hopefully putting in place the things that we worked on the last few weeks."

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