The Grand Slam-winning goal-kicker injured an ankle playing for French club Clermont Auvergne last Saturday, and Ruddock was originally told he would be out of action for four weeks, joining the likes of British Lions Gethin Jenkins, Gavin Henson and Shane Williams on the injured list. But Clermont yesterday named Jones in their squad of 24 to take on Stade Francais Paris on Saturday, joining four fellow Welsh Lions on the comeback trail.
Centre Tom Shanklin, who returned home early from the New Zealand tour with an injured knee, is in the Cardiff Blues' starting lineup against London Wasps tomorrow night (FRI) and promising backrower Ryan Jones is expected to play a part in the Ospreys' Powergen Cup match against Bath on Saturday. Former Wales skipper Martyn Williams plays his first match of the season against Wasps tomorrow night, and Dragons scrum-half Gareth Cooper is tipped to play in the Dragons' game at Northampton on Saturday.
WRU International Skills Coach Jason Strange is a busy man, combining the new role with that of Wales Under 20 attack coach, Ebbw Vale head coach and continuing to teach at Ebbw Fawr Learning Community.
Warren Gatland and Sam Warburton look ahead to this week's crunch RBS 6 Nations tie against France, where the Wales skipper in particular is keen to make his mark, as Paris has proved a bleak place for him in the past.
Following their historic win over England, Wales Under 20 suffered a narrow, 36-34 loss to their Scottish counterparts last weekend, despite outscoring them by five tries to three. Watch the match highlights and reaction.
WRU TV go behind the scenes with the Wales squad as they put the final touches in place ahead of the clash against Scotland at Murrayfield. Follow the squad on their captain's run, the kickers visit to Murrayfield and Neil Jenkins' press conference