And Ruddock, who yesterday helped launch the Sports Council for Wales 'Coaching Wales' scheme, knows all about coaching success.
"Coaches have the ability to source and mould young talent into the stars of the future and instil the core values of hard work, accountability, belief and - above all - enjoyment into the game."
The Wales boss was happy to reveal the coaching secrets that led his side to an emphatic RBS Six Nations Grand Slam earlier this year. But he warned that it is important not to "over-coach" players and explained how getting the players involved off the field has helped stretch Wales's unbeaten run to eight games.
"The key is often not to over-coach players - its a matter of liberating, not limiting them" he said. "You've got to get them involved in making decisions so when they go out and play they have real belief in what they are doing rather than you just telling them what to do. Rugby is not chess - things change in front of you."
The Dragons leapt ahead of England to claim fifth spot in the IRB Rankings last month and the improvement is largely thanks to Ruddock's fast, flowing style of rugby that has won Wales the praise of All Blacks coach Graham Henry. And he insists he will not change the winning formula that delivered Wales's first Grand Slam in three decades.
"My theory was simple and straight-forward - to promote something that showed the strengths of the team" he said. "If your defence is strong, you promote that while improving other sides of the game and the same goes for attack."
Ruddock will come face to face with ex-Wales boss Henry when he brings his All Blacks team to the Millennium Stadium on November 5. The bonfire night clash is certain to provide fireworks, pitting two of the world's most exciting teams against one another a year after the All Blacks left the Welsh Capital battered and bruised with a one-point victory.
"It will be a big ask to beat New Zealand on the back of what will be just four days preparation" said Ruddock. "But we'll take confidence from last year's game. I'm excited and I want to win.
"The welsh lions are really looking forward to the game. There is a superb spirit within the camp, led by Alfie, and a great camaraderie around the team.
"When the game comes around we may be lacking time together but could make up for that in other ways."
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series