A great entertainer, Ring was noted for his cheek, flair and individual skill. He first came to attention as outside half for the Cardiff RFC Youth team where he gained selection for Wales Youth, scoring a try on debut v England.
He made his senior debut as an 18-year-old during his Youth season against Cote Des Basques in Biarritz for whom Serge Blanco scored three tries. He played in and won three Welsh Cup Finals and played for Cardiff when they defeated the 1984 Australian Tourists who completed the Grand Slam of Tests but yet again, failed to defeat a Cardiff team who still remain unbeaten against every Australian Touring team who ever crossed these shores.
He became a great crowd favourite with his hometown club but also spent a few seasons at Pontypool where he formed a notable half back partnership with David Bishop in 1987–88. He returned to Pontypool in 1992. He was a Club Championship winner for both Cardiff and Pontypool. He played more than 250 games for Cardiff and scored 94 tries and 677 points
Ring made his Senior Wales debut against England as a 20-year-old and went on to gain 32 International Caps between 1983 and 1991. The highlight of his international career came in 1988 when he was part of a Triple Crown winning Welsh side. The majority of his caps were won in the centre position but he played in his favoured outside half role throughout the 1991 World Cup.
He played in two World Cups (1987 and 1991) Wales finished third in 1987 but failed to qualify from their group in 1991, having been defeated by Western Samoa. Ring played two Test Matches for The Barbarians losing against the 1988 Australians and defeating the 1990 Argentinian Touring Team where he formed a Centre partnership with New Zealand Centre Craig Innes. Ring was selected for two World XV Touring Squads, one to celebrate the Western Province Centenary in 1983 and the other to celebrate the South African Rugby Board's Centenary in 1989. He captained Wales on two occasions when Wales toured Namibia in 1990,though not in any of the Tests. Ring was Wales' Rugby Writers Player of the Year in 1985.