RTÉ Sport rugby http://www.rte.ie/sport Latest Irish and international news supplied by RTE.ie Copyright © RTÉ RTÉ Sport rugby http://www.rte.ie/images/logo_rss_goog.gif http://www.rte.ie/sport Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:45:57 +0100 Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:45:57 +0100 Sport News Townsend praises Irish response to Russell injury Glasgow's Finn Russell has made a "remarkable recovery" from a serious head injury suffered against Connacht last season and his coach Gregor Townsend has praised the treatment the out-half and his family received. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:17:53 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0823/811452-finn-russell/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0823/811452-finn-russell/ Pro12 in early talks to bring in US franchise The Pro12's managing director Martin Anayi has insisted the RBS 6 Nations should be shifted back at least three weeks to solve the global fixture pile-up, as the league explores the possibility of branching out to the USA. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:45:57 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0823/811451-pro12-want-to-push-back-6-nations-and-bring-in-us/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0823/811451-pro12-want-to-push-back-6-nations-and-bring-in-us/ Lam: Schmidt doesn't need to rush Ireland decision Joe Schmidt does not need to hurry the decision over his long-term Ireland future, according to Connacht coach Pat Lam. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:08:11 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0823/811367-pat-lam/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0823/811367-pat-lam/ Aviva Stadium to host 2017 Guinness Pro12 final The 2017 Guinness Pro12 final will take place at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, with the competition's sponsor also set to extend its association with the league until 2020. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:46:31 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0823/811273-pro12/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0823/811273-pro12/ Cheika challenge for Aussies to restore pride Wallabies coach Michael Cheika faces perhaps "the biggest challenge" of his career in Saturday's Rugby Championship clash against New Zealand in Wellington, a week after his side were humiliated by the same opposition in Sydney. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:31:30 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0823/811249-cheika/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0823/811249-cheika/ Lions to name head coach for NZ tour next month The British and Irish Lions are to name their head coach for next summer's tour to New Zealand on 7 September. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:18:26 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0822/811040-lions-coach/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0822/811040-lions-coach/ Olympian Rieko Ioane called into All Blacks squad Uncapped winger Rieko Ioane has been called into the All Blacks squad for their Rugby Championship clash with Australia fresh from his Olympic exploits in Brazil. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 11:38:59 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0822/810974-olympian-rieko-ioane-called-up-by-all-blacks/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0822/810974-olympian-rieko-ioane-called-up-by-all-blacks/ Madigan boots Bordeaux to Racing victory on debut Ian Madigan got his Bordeaux Bègles career off to the perfect start as he kicked all his team's points in the 15-9 home win over reigning champions Racing Metro 92 in the Top 14 season opener. Sat, 20 Aug 2016 23:05:13 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0820/810733-madigan-boots-bordeaux-to-racing-victory-on-debut/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0820/810733-madigan-boots-bordeaux-to-racing-victory-on-debut/ All Blacks crush Aussies in Championship opener New Zealand crushed Australia 42-8 in the first game of the Rugby Championship at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, putting the world champions on course to retain the Bledisloe Cup. Sat, 20 Aug 2016 20:18:14 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0820/810673-all-blacks-crush-aussies-in-championship-opener/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0820/810673-all-blacks-crush-aussies-in-championship-opener/ Late double sees Springboks past Pumas South Africa came from behind with two tries in the last 10 minutes to start the 2016 Rugby Championship with a 30-23 win at home to Argentina in Nelspruit. Sat, 20 Aug 2016 20:15:21 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0820/810715-south-africa-30-23-argentina/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0820/810715-south-africa-30-23-argentina/ Henshaw: Leinster move down to Ireland ambitions Robbie Henshaw has spoken about the reasons behind his decision to join Leinster - as well as his frustration in being forced to begin his career with the Blues on the sidelines. Sat, 20 Aug 2016 03:19:40 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0819/810556-henshaw-frustrated-as-leinster-ca/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0819/810556-henshaw-frustrated-as-leinster-ca/ All Blacks' hotel room 'bugged' New Zealand Rugby has asked Australian police to investigate a possible security breach after a listening device was discovered in the team meeting room of their Sydney hotel. Sat, 20 Aug 2016 13:28:04 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0820/810618-all-blacks-hotel-room-in/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0820/810618-all-blacks-hotel-room-in/ Connacht host Toulouse for Champions Cup kick-off The opening rounds of fixtures for this season's European Champions Cup have been confirmed, with Pro12 champions Connacht kicking off their campaign with the visit of French giants Toulouse to the Sportsground. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:44:36 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0819/810436-connacht-host-toulouse-for-champions-cup-kick-off/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0819/810436-connacht-host-toulouse-for-champions-cup-kick-off/ Bealham extends Connacht stay Ireland prop Finlay Bealham has agreed a contract extension with Connacht and the IRFU, which will see the 24-year-old play at the Sportsground until at least the summer of 2019. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:34:04 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0819/810424-bealham-extends-connacht-stay/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0819/810424-bealham-extends-connacht-stay/ Leo Cullen primed for new season at Leinster Leinster head coach Leo Cullen endured a real baptism of fire in his first season in charge of his former side as he watched his side crash out of the European Champions Cup ahead of the knock-out stages. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:02:44 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0818/810210-leo-cullen-primed-for-new-season-at-leinster/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0818/810210-leo-cullen-primed-for-new-season-at-leinster/ Gregor Townsend to take charge of Scotland in 2017 The Scottish Rugby Union has moved to stop Gregor Townsend being poached by naming him as Scotland's next head coach almost a year before Vern Cotter's contract expires. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 18:03:46 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0817/810035-gregor-townsend/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0817/810035-gregor-townsend/ Concussion forces Connacht's McSharry to retire Connacht centre Dave McSharry has been forced to retire from rugby due to a concussion injury. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:19:45 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0817/809957-dave-mcsharry/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0817/809957-dave-mcsharry/ Leinster defence coach returning to New Zealand Defence coach Kurt McQuilkin is leaving Leinster to move home to New Zealand for personal reasons, the club announced this morning. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:12:31 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0817/809878-leinster-defence-coach-returning-to-new-zealand/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0817/809878-leinster-defence-coach-returning-to-new-zealand/ Herring and Trimble named as Ulster captains Rob Herring and Andrew Trimble are set to take over the Ulster captaincy from Ireland skipper Rory Best. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:12:07 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0817/809960-herring-and-trimble-named-as-ulster-captains/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0817/809960-herring-and-trimble-named-as-ulster-captains/ Munster reveal Saili will be out for months Munster have confirmed that centre Francis Saili will be on the sidelines for three to four months because of a shoulder problem. Tue, 16 Aug 2016 19:49:05 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0816/809678-munster-reveal/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0816/809678-munster-reveal/