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 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:07:48 +0100 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:07:48 +0100 Sport News McFadden's season over with fractured thumb Fergus McFadden suffered a broken thumb in Leinster's Champions Cup semi-final defeat to Toulon on Sunday and has been ruled out for the remainder of the season. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:27:46 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0420/695441-mcfaddens-season-over-with-fractured-thumb/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0420/695441-mcfaddens-season-over-with-fractured-thumb/ Cruden: Knee injury tough to take New Zealand fly-half Aaron Cruden feels like he has been "struck down by a sniper" after discovering the extent of a knee injury that looks set to keep him out of this autumn's Rugby World Cup. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:07:48 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/international/2015/0420/695507-cruden-knee-injury-tough-to-take/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/international/2015/0420/695507-cruden-knee-injury-tough-to-take/ O'Connell: Retirement to be a 'difficult decision' Paul O'Connell has said that retirement is something he thinks about regularly and that deciding when to hang up his boots will be a 'very difficult decision'. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:15:56 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0420/695304-oconnell-retirement-to-be-a-difficult-decision/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0420/695304-oconnell-retirement-to-be-a-difficult-decision/ Heaslip rues failure to capitalise on yellow card Captain Jamie Heaslip admits Leinster paid the ultimate price for not capitalising on Toulon's yellow card in Sunday's Champions Cup semi-final defeat to the reigning European champions in Marseille. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:50:46 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0420/695298-heaslip-rues-failure-to-capitalise-on-yellow-card/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0420/695298-heaslip-rues-failure-to-capitalise-on-yellow-card/ Injured All Black Cruden faces World Cup agony New Zealand fly-half Aaron Cruden is almost certain to miss the World Cup after scans today revealed the need for knee surgery that will sideline him for at least six months. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:22:40 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/international/2015/0420/695272-cruden-injury/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/international/2015/0420/695272-cruden-injury/ O'Connor: Habana intercept changed the game Leinster head coach Matt O'Connor pinpointed Bryan Habana's intercept try as the moment the tide turned in Toulon's favour in their Champions Cup semi-final clash in Marseille. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:02:15 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0419/695211-oconnor-habana-intercept-changed-the-game/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0419/695211-oconnor-habana-intercept-changed-the-game/ Brave Leinster lose out to Toulon in extra-time Leinster put up a brave fight in their Champions Cup semi-final but lost out in Marseille as Toulon won 25-20 after extra-time to book an all-French final against Clermont at Twickenham on 2 May. Sun, 19 Apr 2015 18:17:38 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0419/695143-toulon-v-leinster/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0419/695143-toulon-v-leinster/ Champions Cup preview: Toulon too strong Leinster's struggles this season provide little grounds for optimism that they can upset favourites Toulon in Sunday's Champions Cup semi-final, writes RTÉ Sport's Brendan Cole. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:35:12 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0418/695070-champions-cup-preview-toulon-too-strong/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0418/695070-champions-cup-preview-toulon-too-strong/ Clermont beat Sarries to reach Champions Cup final Clermont have edged Saracens 13-9 in their Champions Cup semi-final clash at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard to reach European rugby's premier club final. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:42:21 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0418/695002-clermont-v-saracens/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0418/695002-clermont-v-saracens/ Cork Con secure Bateman Cup crown Cork Constitution have seen off Clontarf on a 24-9 scoreline to claim victory in the Ulster Bank Bateman Cup final. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:13:18 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/irish/2015/0418/695050-cork-constitution-v-clontarf/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/irish/2015/0418/695050-cork-constitution-v-clontarf/ Heaslip: Toulon are the 'Real Madrid of rugby' Jamie Heaslip has braced his Leinster team for a European Champions Cup semi-final showdown on Sunday against a team he describes as "the Real Madrid of rugby". Sat, 18 Apr 2015 13:50:33 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0418/695019-galacticos/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0418/695019-galacticos/ Luke Fitzgerald: Leinster can win 'massive battle' Luke Fitzgerald accepts that three-in-a-row chasing Toulon are one of the best teams in Champions Cup history but insists Leinster can dethrone the holders with "a really big performance". Sat, 18 Apr 2015 13:12:46 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0417/694940-luke-fitzgerald/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0417/694940-luke-fitzgerald/ O'Gara: Hurting Leinster ready to erupt in France Leinster are hurting and ready to "erupt" against Toulon in the Champions Cup semi-final, according to Ronan O'Gara. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:58:45 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0416/694659-ogara-leinster-toulon-champions-cup/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0416/694659-ogara-leinster-toulon-champions-cup/ Williams: Toulon not sidetracked by treble bid World Cup winner Ali Williams insists Toulon are not being distracted by the possibility of making European rugby history this season as they face Leinster for a place in the Champions Cup final. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:47:45 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0417/694806-ali-williams-toulon-leinster-champions-cup/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0417/694806-ali-williams-toulon-leinster-champions-cup/ Leinster stick with tried & trusted for Toulon tie Leinster have named the same starting XV that beat Bath for their Champions Cup semi-final against Toulon on Sunday. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:43:54 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0417/694761-leinster-team-to-play-toulon-champions-cup/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0417/694761-leinster-team-to-play-toulon-champions-cup/ France set to join race to host World Cup Ireland are facing increased competition in the battle to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup as France look set to join the race to hold the tournament. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:50:41 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/rugby-world-cup/2015/0417/694731-france-world-cup-bid/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/rugby-world-cup/2015/0417/694731-france-world-cup-bid/ Ulster prop retires due to multiple concussions Ulster and Ireland prop Declan Fitzpatrick is to retire from rugby on medical grounds after experiencing a number of concussions in recent seasons. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:14:29 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/irish/2015/0416/694572-declan-fitzpatrick/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/irish/2015/0416/694572-declan-fitzpatrick/ IRFU set to tie down Joe Schmidt on new contract The IRFU are in talks with Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt ahead of the World Cup about extending his contract which ends in 2016. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:48:53 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/irish-international/2015/0416/694457-irfu-set-to-tie-down-joe-schmidt-on-new-deal/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/irish-international/2015/0416/694457-irfu-set-to-tie-down-joe-schmidt-on-new-deal/ Matt O'Connor: Toulon are 'world-class blokes' Leinster face a Toulon team who usurped them as the kings of Europe in a mouthwatering Champions Cup semi-final clash on Sunday that the Irish side's head coach Matt O'Connor has billed as a "huge challenge". Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:01:28 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0416/694581-matt-oconnor-toulon-are-world-class-blokes/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0416/694581-matt-oconnor-toulon-are-world-class-blokes/ Gopperth eyes European final as parting glory Jimmy Gopperth is targeting a semi-final win over Toulon so the Leinster back can fulfil his dream of ending his time in Ireland with a place the Champions Cup final. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:02:19 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0416/694495-gopperth-on-toulon/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0416/694495-gopperth-on-toulon/