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 Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:42:31 +0000 Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:42:31 +0000 Sport News 'We just want to play' - Schmidt airs scrum woes Joe Schmidt admitted France frustrated the life out of Ireland at the scrum despite a helter-skelter Six Nations collision at the Aviva Stadium going Ireland's way. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:53:44 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0225/855422-joe-schmidt/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0225/855422-joe-schmidt/ Best pumped up for Cardiff's Friday night lights Rory Best is relishing a return to Cardiff under the Friday night lights and the opportunity to keep Ireland's Six Nations title hopes on track. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:42:31 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0225/855433-best/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0225/855433-best/ 'I think it's tougher now' - A look ahead to Wales The RTÉ panel look ahead to Ireland's showdown with Wales. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 22:12:08 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/six-nations/2017/0225/855431-i-think-its-tougher-now-a-look-ahead-to-wales/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/six-nations/2017/0225/855431-i-think-its-tougher-now-a-look-ahead-to-wales/ Murray & Sexton class denies gallant French Conor Murray and Jonathan Sexton stamped their class all over a pulsating Aviva Stadium showdown with France to keep Ireland's championship hopes alive with a 19-9 win. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:54:05 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/six-nations/2017/0225/855368-ireland-france-report-six-nations-full-time/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/six-nations/2017/0225/855368-ireland-france-report-six-nations-full-time/ Murray happy to stay in hunt after slow start Conor Murray said Ireland could have been more clinical against France but noted they had to be satisfied with a victory that keeps them in contention for the Six Nations Championship. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:14:33 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/six-nations/2017/0225/855421-ireland-happy-to-stay-in-the-hunt/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/six-nations/2017/0225/855421-ireland-happy-to-stay-in-the-hunt/ Scotland show steel to sweep Wales aside Scotland ended 10 years of hurt against Wales as they kept alive their RBS 6 Nations title hopes with a 29-13 win at Murrayfield. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:00:30 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0225/855369-scotland-wales-six-nations-match-report/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0225/855369-scotland-wales-six-nations-match-report/ Conor O'Shea calls for expanded Six Nations Conor O'Shea has reacted to scrutiny of Italy's place in the RBS 6 Nations by declaring the tournament should be expanded if the sport is to flourish. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:06:17 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0225/855415-conor-oshea-calls-for-expanded/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0225/855415-conor-oshea-calls-for-expanded/ 'Special' Ireland U-20s exciting O'Brien Ireland Under-20 star Tommy O'Brien believes the team are peaking at just the right time, following their 27-22 win over France in Donnybrook on Friday night. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:48:41 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0225/855311-special-ireland-u-20s-exciting-obrien/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0225/855311-special-ireland-u-20s-exciting-obrien/ Ireland can avoid déjà bleu as France come to town Ireland have the players to down France and if they can execute their game plan perfectly, they'll win, writes Michael Glennon. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:42:51 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/six-nations/2017/0224/855215-ireland-v-france-six-nations-preview-rte-rbs-6/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/six-nations/2017/0224/855215-ireland-v-france-six-nations-preview-rte-rbs-6/ Ireland v France: a rivalry with narrow margins A look back at the moments that mattered from Ireland's last five Six Nations Championship clashes with France. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:45:18 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0224/855073-ireland-france-six-nations-narrow-margins/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0224/855073-ireland-france-six-nations-narrow-margins/ RTÉ panel: Ireland must avoid French arm wrestle Ireland's greater tactical awareness can see them get the better of France, according to the RTÉ panel. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:47:13 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0225/855385-ireland-must-avoid-french-arm-wrestle/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0225/855385-ireland-must-avoid-french-arm-wrestle/ Ireland U-20s show maturity to hold off France Ireland survived a late onslaught from France to register a 27-22 in Donnybrook as Nigel Carolan's charges extended their unbeaten record in the Under-20 Six Nations to three games. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:42:33 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0224/855289-ireland-under-20s-show-maturity-to-hold-off-franc/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0224/855289-ireland-under-20s-show-maturity-to-hold-off-franc/ Leinster move to top spot in Pro12 table Leinster moved to the top of the Guinness Pro12 table after hammering Newport Gwent Dragons 54-22. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:41:03 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0224/855265-dragons-v-leinster/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0224/855265-dragons-v-leinster/ Munster slump to Scarlets defeat Scarlets claimed the scalp of Guinness Pro12 leaders Munster with a stunning 30-21 comeback win at Thomond Park. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:38:29 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0224/855264-munster-v-scarlets/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0224/855264-munster-v-scarlets/ France insist that Sexton will not be singled out France will not repeat the mistake of targeting Johnny Sexton in Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash with Ireland in Dublin, according to forwards coach Yannick Bru. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:27:58 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0224/855210-france-insist-that-sexton-will-not-be-singled-out/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0224/855210-france-insist-that-sexton-will-not-be-singled-out/ Best: Huge change in Irish mindset against France Ireland captain Rory Best has reflected on the huge mental shift when it comes to playing France and says establishing consistency under Joe Schmidt has been key. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:47:40 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0224/855151-rory-best/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0224/855151-rory-best/ Sexton relishing another battle with the French Johnny Sexton cannot wait to stand up to another RBS 6 Nations skirmish with France, according to Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:59:48 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/six-nations/2017/0224/855148-andy-farrell/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/six-nations/2017/0224/855148-andy-farrell/ Favourites tag 'dangerous', warns O'Gara With almost all pundits predicting an Ireland win over France, Ronan O'Gara warns that expecting victory is dangerous. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:56:45 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/six-nations/2017/0224/855097-ireland-france-ronan-ogara-six-nations/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/six-nations/2017/0224/855097-ireland-france-ronan-ogara-six-nations/ Aki returns as Connacht make 6 changes for Treviso Bundee Aki makes a welcome return to the Connacht team as Pat Lam has made six changes to his side to take on Benetton Treviso in Italy. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:36:29 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0224/855116-bundee-aki-connact-team/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0224/855116-bundee-aki-connact-team/ Jackson can't match Sexton 'X factor', says Horgan Johnny Sexton simply offers more to Ireland and had to start ahead of Paddy Jackson, according to former international Shane Horgan. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:13:12 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/six-nations/2017/0224/855058-ireland-france-six-nations-sexton-jackson-horgan/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/six-nations/2017/0224/855058-ireland-france-six-nations-sexton-jackson-horgan/