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, 28 Mar 2017 21:10:11 +0100 Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:10:11 +0100 Sport News 'Adopt a Lions fan' - locals reach out to tourists Irish rugby supporters planning a trip to New Zealand for the Lions tour this summer could be fed and watered by the locals, who've set up a Facebook page called 'Adopt a Lions Fan 2017'. Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:25:08 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0329/863436-adopt-a-lions-fan-travelling-support/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0329/863436-adopt-a-lions-fan-travelling-support/ Ward: IRFU wrong to show Donnacha Ryan the door The decision not to award Munster's Donnacha Ryan a new centralised contract highlights an inconsistent approach by the IRFU, according to Tony Ward. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:10:11 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0328/863336-d-ryan/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0328/863336-d-ryan/ Leinster tapping into Lancaster's knowledge of Wasps Stuart Lancaster's detailed knowledge of Wasps and their players is proving valuable in the lead-up to Saturday's Champions Cup quarter-final clash, says Leinster's Robbie Henshaw. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:04:14 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0328/863283-robbie-henshaw/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0328/863283-robbie-henshaw/ Tadhg Furlong prepared for battle-hardened Wasps Leinster prop Tadhg Furlong is under no illusions as to the size of the challenge Wasps will present this weekend, with former team-mate Marty Moore giving an insight into their forward-orientated approach. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:46:40 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0328/863193-leinster/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0328/863193-leinster/ Lancaster: Sexton won't play every match Stuart Lancaster insists Johnny Sexton will be carefully managed throughout the business end of a season that concludes with the British and Irish Lions' tour to New Zealand. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:33:53 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0328/863236-leinster-to-carefully-manage-sexton-as-season/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0328/863236-leinster-to-carefully-manage-sexton-as-season/ Aviva Stadium in line to host Champions Cup semi-final The Aviva Stadium could host a Champions Cup semi-final, provided Munster and Saracens win their respective quarter-finals this weekend. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:07:22 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0328/863173-champions-cup-semi-final-venue/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0328/863173-champions-cup-semi-final-venue/ Sleepless Taute ready for 'crazy' European atmosphere He's faced the Wallabies at a fervent Loftus Versfield and an All Blacks side in their pomp in his fledgling Test career, but Jaco Taute can't wait for the "crazy" European atmosphere at Thomond Park this weekend. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:58:20 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0327/862988-jaco-taute/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0327/862988-jaco-taute/ Lancaster confident Leinster can cope without Heaslip Leinster coach Stuart Lancaster is confident that his side can cope with the loss of Jamie Heaslip for their Champions Cup quarter-final clash with Wasps at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:36:37 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0327/862996-lancaster-confident-leinster-can-cope-without-heaslip/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0327/862996-lancaster-confident-leinster-can-cope-without-heaslip/ Peter O'Mahony relishing clash of European heavyweights Munster captain Peter O'Mahony says his team-mates are braced for serious examination from Toulouse in Saturday's Champions Cup quarter-final. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:09:24 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0327/862976-peter-omahony/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0327/862976-peter-omahony/ Erasmus laments potential departure of stalwart Ryan Munster Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus says Racing 92 have offered a much better deal for Donnacha Ryan and says the province would be losing a stalwart if he departs for France. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:21:29 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0327/862941-donnacha-ryan/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0327/862941-donnacha-ryan/ Connacht fail to punish 14-man Glasgow Connacht's hopes of making a late run to earn a place in next season's Champions Cup took a major blow at at Scotstoun, as Glasgow Warriors powered to a 35-24 bonus-point win. Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:21:47 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0325/862502-glasgow-connacht/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0325/862502-glasgow-connacht/ Ross Molony edges Leinster to gritty RDS victory Ross Molony's 66th-minute try saw Leinster squeeze past Cardiff Blues for a nervy 22-21 Guinness Pro12 win at a sunny RDS. Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:31:44 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0325/862501-leinster-cardiff/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0325/862501-leinster-cardiff/ Rugby's residency rule period likely to be extended The Rugby Football Union is seeking a reduction in the length of the Six Nations from seven to six weeks. Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:21:44 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0325/862549-six-nations-reduction/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0325/862549-six-nations-reduction/ Donnacha Ryan set for shock Racing 92 switch - report Munster and Ireland lock Donnacha Ryan is poised to complete a shock move to French club Racing 92, according to a report in today's Irish Examiner. Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:38:26 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0325/862508-donnacha-ryan-set-for-shock-racing-92-switch-report/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0325/862508-donnacha-ryan-set-for-shock-racing-92-switch-report/ Munster crush Zebre to continue Pro12 play-off march Ronan O'Mahony touched down twice as Munster strengthened their grip on a top-four spot in the Guinness PRO12 with a convincing 50-14 victory at bottom club Zebre. Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:32:12 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0325/862500-munster-zebre/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0325/862500-munster-zebre/ Ulster finish strongly to slay the Dragons Ulster continued their push for the Guinness PRO12 play-offs with a late rally to secure a 27-17 victory over Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:40:03 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0324/862321-dragons-v-ulster/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0324/862321-dragons-v-ulster/ Pro12 team news: O'Mahony back, 10 Connacht changes Rassie Erasmus welcomes back his Irish internationals for Munster trip to Zebre, while Connacht head coach Pat Lam makes 10 changes for the away clash with Glasgow Warriors. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:35:46 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0324/862283-pro12-team-news/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0324/862283-pro12-team-news/ Heaslip and Kearney injury doubts for Lions selection Ireland pair Jamie Heaslip and Rob Kearney are in a race to prove their fitness for possible British and Irish Lions selection after undergoing minor surgery that will result in significant lay-offs. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:55:38 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0324/862332-jamie-heaslip-rob-kearney/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0324/862332-jamie-heaslip-rob-kearney/ Leinster welcome back internationals for Cardiff clash International debutants Dan Leavy and Luke McGrath are among the players to return to the Leinster starting team for tomorrow Guinness Pro12 encounter against the Cardiff Blues in the RDS Arena (KO 3pm) Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:53:10 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0324/862285-leinster-pro12-team-news/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0324/862285-leinster-pro12-team-news/ Irish World Cup bid boosted by review visit - Potts Ireland's Rugby World Cup Oversight Board Bid Director Kevin Potts believes that the timing could not have been better for the visit of the World Rugby Technical Review Group. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:09:49 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0323/862128-irish-world-cup-bid-board-boosted-by-review-visit/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0323/862128-irish-world-cup-bid-board-boosted-by-review-visit/