Ireland call for Ruddock

Teenage flanker handed international chance

Last Updated: 14/06/10 9:47am

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Ruddock: Call-up

Ruddock: Call-up

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Leinster flanker Rhys Ruddock has set his sights on his international debut after his surprise call-up to the Ireland squad.

The Ireland Under-20s skipper, who had been taking part in the IRB Junior World Championships in Argentina, has teamed up with the senior squad in New Zealand after Jamie Heaslip was handed a five-week ban and John Muldoon was injured against the All Blacks.

And 19-year-old Ruddock is now hoping to take his chance in Ireland's two remaining matches - against the NZ Maoris on Friday and against Australia on June 26.

Ruddock told the Leinster website: "The season went really well for the Under-20s with our Six Nations Championship win and I felt I was going alright in terms of my own performances.

"My ultimate aim is obviously to represent Ireland and certainly didn't think that I would get a call up to the senior squad so early in my career.

"My focus now is just to learn as much as I possibly can and make sure that I don't let the opportunity pass me by.

"I trained for the first time this afternoon and the welcome from the guys was great. I just want to train hard over the next couple of days and if the coaches feel they want me, I am ready to do whatever they need me to do."

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