|Full name||Ritvars Rugins|
|Date of birth||17 October 1989|
|Place of birth||Tukums, Latvian SSR, USSR
(now Republic of Latvia)
|Height||172 cm (5 ft 8 in)|
|FK Tukums 2000|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 October 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 November 2014
Early career and FK Ventspils
Ritvars Rugins started playing football at the age of 9 in his local club Tukums 2000. In 2007 he joined the Latvian Higher League club FK Ventspils. In 2008 he played his first league match for the team, it was his only appearance that season. In 2009 he played 14 games and scored twice. In 2010 he scored 3 goals in 22 games. Year 2011 saw him playing 29 matches and scoring 4 times. During that season Rugins was tried out in different positions, as the coach Sergei Podpaly faced a lack of defenders all season long. Ritvars usually plays as a midfielder, but periodically has also been part of the defensive and attacking lines, being described as a very universal player. Rugins is a three-time Latvian champion and has also won the Latvian Cup and Baltic League - each once respectively.
On 9 January 2012 Rugins signed a contract with the Ukrainian Premier League club Illichivets Mariupol. He made his league debut for the club on 10 March 2012, coming on as a substitute in the 72nd minute against Shakhtar Donetsk.
Rugins played for Latvia U-21 until 2010, scoring once in 12 matches. He made his debut for the national team in a friendly match against China (0-1) on 17 November 2010. As of August, 2012, Rugins has been capped 8 times for the national side.
- Latvian champion
- 2007, 2008, 2011
- Latvian Cup winner
- Baltic League champion
- Baltic Cup winner