|Birth name||William Ruane|
|Date of birth||10 August 1975|
|Place of birth||Mayo, Ireland|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Occupation(s)||CEO of Connacht Rugby|
|Rugby union career|
Willie Ruane (born 10 August 1975) is a former professional rugby union player from Ireland who currently serves as chief executive officer of his former team Connacht Rugby. During his playing career he primarily played as a fullback.
Ruane played club rugby for Galwegians, and provincial rugby for Connacht. He featured for Connacht in the Challenge Cup in the 1997–98 and 1998–99 seasons, playing in every one of Connacht's games in each season. Ruane retired from rugby at the age of 25 to take a job with Bank of Ireland.
During his career Ruane represented Ireland youth sides internationally, playing for the national sides at Colleges and under-21 level. He also played for the international invitational side the Barbarians.
Ruane was born in County Mayo. He was a pupil at Garbally College in Ballinasloe and received a degree in Business Studies from Waterford IT. Ruane lives in his hometown of Ballina, and is married with three sons.
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- "My job in Connacht: Willie Ruane Chief Executive Officer". Irish Independent. 17 April 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
- "Willie Ruane". LinkedIn. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
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