Ruddock goes into the match without first-choice midfield pairing Gavin Henson (groin) and Tom Shanklin (knee), while leading contender Sonny Parker is battling a hamstring injury. The Blues' Jamie Robinson is still finding his feet after a year out with a knee injury and the Dragons' Hal Luscombe is out of the equation after breaking a thumb against Edinburgh on Friday night.
Ruddock has the choice of the Dragons' Ceri Sweeney in the No. 12 jersey, while veteran Mark Taylor may earn a recall if Parker fails next week's fitness test. Skipper Gareth Thomas played at outside centre for Toulouse on Saturday and may move from fullback to fill the problem area.
World-class prop Gethin Jenkins (shoulder) will also miss the autumn Test series, while doubts linger over Lions star Ryan Jones after he injured a shoulder against Bath a week ago. Ironically, the man in the Bath No. 8 jersey that day is being tipped as Jones's replacement in the Wales lineup.
Gareth Delve has been tipped as a Wales star for several years, but a serious shoulder injury meant his 2003 match against the Barbarians is his only match in the red jersey. But after an eye-catching performance in Bath's Powergen Cup victory over the Ospreys, his name is back in the headlines.
"I got a text from Scott Johnson after the Ospreys game, asking if Gareth was available for Wales squad training," Bath coach John Connolly said. "Gareth is a big, strong man. He's incredibly athletic, he's a massive ball-carrier, a good defender and he has the physicality for Test rugby.
"I think Gareth will be involved in the autumn. Ryan Jones is a good player, but he took another knock against us so you don't know. And Colin Charvis is competing with Gareth - I think Charvis is an openside flanker. I think you'll see Gareth in the 22 for the autumn Tests."
Connolly said the most exciting thing about Delve was that he still had a lot of improvement in him after his horror run of injuries.
"Gareth is definitely on an upward spiral - he didn't play for three years and it's always going to take a year to come back into it," the Australian said. "He came into some form slowly last year and he's really stepping up to the mark this season. Against the Ospreys, he was the best backrower, and the best thing is that you know he has a lot of improvement in him."
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.