Morgan has been one of many few shafts of sunshine in a darkish autumn for coach Wayne Pivac, whose workforce finish their November catalog in opposition to Australia on Saturday. Ospreys flanker Morgan, simply 22, has introduced energy and authority to the Wales again row over the previous month and can line up in opposition to the Wallabies alongside skippers Justin Tipuric and Taulupe Faletau.
Ruddock – now growth director on the Ospreys and the person who delivered the Grand Slam of 2005 – reckons Morgan has been the discover of the autumn and might underline that standing in opposition to the Aussies in a match that shall be proven in prolonged highlights type on S4C. “I believe Jac Morgan has the potential to simply continue to grow and bettering,” says Ruddock.
“He’s acting at a excessive degree already, however he’s the type of lad that if a coach places his arm round him, he’ll develop six inches in confidence. These casual management qualities he possesses will develop over time into formal management qualities.
“He’s positively a man who earns respect, he provides the whole lot on the pitch and on the coaching pitch, I’m positive anybody would comply with him. I believe he will certainly develop into a proper position, whether or not that’s the breakdown chief, or whether or not it’s a extra formal position with a reputation to it like vice-captain and even captain.
“Issues will come to him over time, if the coach places his religion in him, I am positive Jac can go to a very new degree.”
It was solely 5 months in the past that Pivac left Morgan at dwelling earlier than the tour to South Africa, however Ruddock has been mightily impressed with how he has responded.
“He had a setback, having not made the squad that traveled to South Africa, however I believe that Jac (Morgan) has responded to that state of affairs beautifully,” he mentioned.
“He has come again higher and stronger within the areas that Wayne Pivac recognized. Not that he was underperforming, however he has come again higher and stronger in these areas.
“He has positively proven Wayne what he can do, and the way a lot he desires that jersey. He has positively simply let his rugby do the speaking and it’s nice to see him carry out like that in a Welsh jersey.
“He’s nonetheless a younger fella and with out realizing it, he has received unbelievable management qualities already. Individuals will comply with a man like that.”
Wales shall be hoping to bounce again with a victory after final weekend’s reverse in opposition to Georgia. And Pivac will want Morgan to be at his finest if Wales are to get one over on Dave Rennie’s Wallabies. Ruddock, himself a former blindside flanker of comparable construct to Morgan, provides: “I missed his growth by the junior ranks, however I had heard rather a lot about him.
“Once I heard the Ospreys senior workforce had been signing him, I assumed it was an thrilling transfer. And once I noticed him, I might see why his popularity was so excessive.
“He’s fearless, he will get over the ball and he’s extremely robust over the ball. He’s very technical about his work as effectively; his resolution making is superb.
“He has received a little bit of the whole lot to his recreation, he can rating you tries, he is an effective footballer, and he’s a really sensible defender. I believe he’ll do very effectively in opposition to Australia.
“He’s an mental jackler, he is ready to choose and select when to make the largest affect. I actually like his decision-making of him in that space, he’s very constant, and he is ready to acknowledge that the image can change in a short time and might anticipate, and his imaginative and prescient of him is superb.
“I coached Josh van der Flier at Beneath 20s with Eire. Josh was at all times a really sensible participant and he has been in a position so as to add some very nice issues to his recreation and a few nice resolution making and he has now grow to be World Participant of the 12 months.
“That solely occurred when he was capable of have a run of video games for Eire. You’ll be able to solely think about, however because the coaches mentioned it seems to be such as you’re the person for the No. 7 spot, his recreation has gone to a different degree.
“If Jac is afforded that very same confidence, help and alternative, I’m positive he can take it to a different degree once more.”
S4C – Saturday, 7.30pm: Wales v Australia.
Prolonged highlights of the match between Wales and Australia within the Autumn Nations Collection, which was performed on the Principality Stadium.