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 Wed, 27 May 2015 20:02:44 +0100 Wed, 27 May 2015 20:02:44 +0100 Sport News Preview: Ireland face the Barbarian hordes Ireland gear up for their Rugby World Cup preparations by clashing with the Barbarians this Thursday at Thomond Park. RTÉ Sport's Tadhg Peavoy looks ahead to the tie. Wed, 27 May 2015 22:57:00 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0527/704140-preview-ireland-face-the-barbarian-hordes/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0527/704140-preview-ireland-face-the-barbarian-hordes/ Schmidt hails O'Connell's hunger for improvement Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has paid tribute to Paul O'Connell, who is widely expected to play his final game for Munster in the Pro12 final against Glasgow this Saturday. Wed, 27 May 2015 20:02:44 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0527/704250-schmidt-hails-oconnells-hunger-for-improvement/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0527/704250-schmidt-hails-oconnells-hunger-for-improvement/ Schmidt denies involvement in O'Connor departure Joe Schmidt has denied Ireland's bosses had any involvement in the sacking of Leinster coach Matt O'Connor. Wed, 27 May 2015 15:47:56 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0527/704177-schmidt-admits-surprise-over-oconnor-sacking/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0527/704177-schmidt-admits-surprise-over-oconnor-sacking/ Ross Byrne withdrawn from U20 squad Ireland out-half Ross Byrne has been withdrawn from the squad to travel to Italy for World Rugby Under-20 Championship. Wed, 27 May 2015 17:24:07 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0527/704227-ross-byrne-withdrawn-from-u20-squad/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0527/704227-ross-byrne-withdrawn-from-u20-squad/ O'Shea and Furlong to start for Ireland Uncapped Clontarf and Leinster duo Colm O'Shea and Tadhg Furlong will feature for Ireland in the non-cap international against the Barbarians at Thomond Park on Thursday. Wed, 27 May 2015 14:39:15 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0527/704159-oshea-and-furlong-to-make-ireland-debuts/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0527/704159-oshea-and-furlong-to-make-ireland-debuts/ Ben Marshall to join Connacht's ranks Connacht have announced the recruitment of Leinster lock Ben Marshall for next season. Wed, 27 May 2015 14:54:15 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0527/704099-ben-marshall-to-join-connachts-ranks/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0527/704099-ben-marshall-to-join-connachts-ranks/ Jonathan Davies ruled out of World Cup Wales have suffered a major injury blow with the loss of centre Jonathan Davies from their 2015 World Cup campaign. Wed, 27 May 2015 11:11:54 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0527/704102-jonathan-davies-ruled-out-of-world-cup/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0527/704102-jonathan-davies-ruled-out-of-world-cup/ Fitness fears over Murray, O'Mahony and Zebo Munster will have to wait until later this week to find out if their international trio of Conor Murray, Simon Zebo and Peter O'Mahony will be fit for their Pro12 final against Glasgow on Saturday. Tue, 26 May 2015 17:27:53 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0526/703945-munster/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0526/703945-munster/ Shane Jennings to lead Baa-Baas against Ireland Shane Jennings will lead the Barbarians for their game against Ireland in Thomond Park on Thursday, one of a number of players with connections to Irish provinces in a strong starting line-up. Tue, 26 May 2015 14:06:45 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0526/703904-barbarians/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0526/703904-barbarians/ Deans distances himself from Leinster job Former Australia coach Robbie Deans has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant Leinster head coach role. Tue, 26 May 2015 15:50:59 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0526/703858-robbie-deans-says-leinster-job-not-for-him/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0526/703858-robbie-deans-says-leinster-job-not-for-him/ Northampton's Dylan Hartley cited again England and Northampton hooker Dylan Hartley will face a Rugby Football Union disciplinary hearing on Wednesday after being cited for foul play. Tue, 26 May 2015 17:19:38 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0526/703964-northamptons-dylan-hartley-cited-again/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0526/703964-northamptons-dylan-hartley-cited-again/ Connacht extend deals for four of their squad Forwards Dave Heffernan, Danny Qualter, JP Cooney and back Shane O'Leary have become the latest players to sign new one-year contract extensions with Connacht Rugby and the IRFU. Tue, 26 May 2015 12:33:07 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0526/703880-connacht-extend-deals-for-four-of-their-squad/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0526/703880-connacht-extend-deals-for-four-of-their-squad/ London Irish tempted by the bright lights of NYC London Irish have announced that one of their Aviva Premiership fixtures next season could be played overseas. Tue, 26 May 2015 13:00:21 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0526/703884-london-irish-trying-to-line-up-match-in-the-usa/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0526/703884-london-irish-trying-to-line-up-match-in-the-usa/ Pat Lam: Connacht's season one of growth Connacht head coach Pat Lam has hailed his team's season as one of growth despite defeat to Gloucester in the Champions Cup play-off qualifier. Mon, 25 May 2015 12:48:54 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0525/703588-pat-lam-connachts-season-one-of-growth/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0525/703588-pat-lam-connachts-season-one-of-growth/ Lenihan blasts 'appalling' referee error Connacht were robbed in their Champions Cup play-off loss to Gloucester by an "appalling" refereeing error, according to RTÉ analyst and former Ireland international Donal Lenihan. Mon, 25 May 2015 23:52:40 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0525/703747-lenihan-rugby/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0525/703747-lenihan-rugby/ New faces in Ireland squad for Baa-Baas clash Tadhg Furlong, Jack Conan and Stuart McCloskey are among seven uncapped players named in the Ireland squad for the clash with the Barbarians, while Chris Henry returns to the fold. Mon, 25 May 2015 14:28:59 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0525/703661-ireland-squad-for-barbarians-game/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0525/703661-ireland-squad-for-barbarians-game/ Ireland name 28-man squad for U20 championship The Ireland under-20 squad has been confirmed for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship, with Charlie Rock of Old Belvedere and Leinster the only uncapped player included. Mon, 25 May 2015 16:25:04 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0525/703667-ireland-name-28-man-squad-for-u20-championship/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0525/703667-ireland-name-28-man-squad-for-u20-championship/ Connacht fall to late Gloucester surge Connacht were undone in extra time by a late Gloucester surge in their Champions Cup play-off at Kingsholm, 40-32. Sun, 24 May 2015 19:26:21 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0524/703455-gloucester-connacht/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0524/703455-gloucester-connacht/ O'Connell: It's probably my last game at Thomond Paul O'Connell has admitted he may have played his last game in the Munster shirt at Thomond Park in their Pro12 win over Ospreys to further fuel speculation of retirement or even a switch abroad. Sat, 23 May 2015 18:05:35 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0523/703295-oconnell-quotes/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0523/703295-oconnell-quotes/ Wasteful Munster edge over line into Pro12 final Munster are through to a Pro12 final with Glasgow but made hard work of it against a persistent Ospreys side, eventually winning 21-18 at Thomond Park. Sat, 23 May 2015 18:03:39 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0523/703250-munster-ospreys/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0523/703250-munster-ospreys/