19 Jun, 06:50
A single point separated the sides as a hard-fought 5th-8th place play-off finished in France's favour at Stade Henri Desgrange on Tuesday night. Check out some photos from Ireland's fourth IRB Junior World Championsip match.
He was then with the Wasps Academy before moving to Newcastle Falcons where he was a regular starter before his move to Connacht. One of his assets has been his flexibility, being equally at home in the second row or at blindside flanker.
Rhys Ruddock was educated at Millfield School, whom he captained, and played for the Wales Under-18s. However, he reverted to Ireland and indeed captained the Irish Under-20s last season to the RBS 6 Nations Championship title.
The highlight of the season for Rhys was when he was called up to the Ireland senior squad in the summer and received his first cap against Australia. He is, of course, the son of the current Ireland Under-20 head coach Mike Ruddock, and plays for Leinster.
Dan Tuohy came through the Gloucester Academy when he played for the Ireland Under-21s at the Under-21 World Championship in France. He subsequently played for the first team at Gloucester before moving to Exeter Chiefs where an outstanding season earned him a contract with Ulster.
He got a call-up to the Ireland senior squad last summer, when he made a try-scoring debut against the All Blacks. His recent performances for Ulster in the Heineken Cup have fully merited his Wolfhounds place.
We wish all three players the very best for the rest of the season.
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