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.
The last five years have been an emotional rollercoaster on and off the pitch for RGC1404. Promotion to the Principality Premiership was the culmination of five years of hard work and investment in North Wales. WRU TV caught up with prop Joe Simpson, who was one of the first intake of WRU North Wales Academy players in 2010.
Ebbw Vale captain Damien Hudd picked up the biggest accolade of the night at the 11th Principality Premiership Awards Evening held at Principality Stadium, after leading his side to the title for the first time.
Wales assistant coach Robin McBryde is predicting a tough battle against England on Sunday despite the fact they may not be considered to be at full strength. Players will be out to impress Eddie Jones which makes England a dangerous proposition, he says.
Wales U20 captain Tom Phillips and performance psychologist Dr Rich Neil explain why spending three days at Monmouth RFC has further strengthened the togetherness of the squad ahead of the #WorldRugbyU20s