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, 24 Jan 2017 16:15:15 +0000 Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:15:15 +0000 Sport News Munster swoop to sign Farrell, Hart and Hanrahan High flying Munster have confirmed that Chris Farrell, JJ Hanrahan and James Hart will all be joining the province next season, while six current squad members have signed new contracts. Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:26:44 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0124/847377-munster-confirm-trio-of-new-signings/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0124/847377-munster-confirm-trio-of-new-signings/ D'Arcy tips Best to lead Ireland to 2019 World Cup Ireland will develop contingency plans for the 2019 World Cup captaincy across the RBS 6 Nations, according to Gordon D'Arcy. Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:15:15 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/six-nations/2017/0124/847353-gordon-darcy-backs/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/six-nations/2017/0124/847353-gordon-darcy-backs/ Scotland practising with 14 men ahead of Irish tie Scotland's RBS 6 Nations preparations will include an emergency plan for going a man down following World Rugby's crackdown on dangerous tackles. Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:23:05 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0124/847236-scotland-practicing-with-14-men-ahead-of-ireland-g/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0124/847236-scotland-practicing-with-14-men-ahead-of-ireland-g/ Madigan omission a mistake, says Ward Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has made a mistake by not including Ian Madigan in his Six Nations squad, according to Tony Ward. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:51:23 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0123/847155-ian-madigan-ireland-six-nations-joe-schmidt-ward/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0123/847155-ian-madigan-ireland-six-nations-joe-schmidt-ward/ Uncapped Munster trio named in Ireland squad Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has named three uncapped players in a squad of 40 for the opening two games of this year's RBS 6 Nations against Scotland and Italy. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:42:22 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0123/847029-three-new-faces-in-ireland-squad/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0123/847029-three-new-faces-in-ireland-squad/ O'Shea: Italy will be judged on results Italy coach Conor O'Shea has set his side a series of goals from competitiveness in the Six Nations to instilling fear at the next World Cup as he seeks to continue their upward curve under his guidance. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:07:34 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0123/847186-conor-oshea-italy/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0123/847186-conor-oshea-italy/ Haskell a doubt for England's Six Nations opener James Haskell is a major doubt for England's Six Nations opener against France at Twickenham on Saturday week after sustaining an injury on club duty. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:56:38 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0123/847205-england-six-nations-haskell-mobile-phones/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0123/847205-england-six-nations-haskell-mobile-phones/ Video technology vital to save soccer, says Dunphy Video technology must be introduced to soccer because cheating is "ruining the game for the players", according to Eamon Dunphy. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:22:35 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2017/0123/847190-eamon-dunphy-tmo-video-technology-premier-league/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2017/0123/847190-eamon-dunphy-tmo-video-technology-premier-league/ Ireland contenders hit form ahead of 6 Nations The Irish provinces lead the way in a number of areas after the pool stages of the Champions Cup. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:43:06 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0123/847135-champions-cup-stats-ireland-six-nations/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0123/847135-champions-cup-stats-ireland-six-nations/ Bastareaud returns to injury-hit France squad Mathieu Bastareaud was called into the France squad for the Six Nations on Monday as Les Bleus suffered further injury setbacks in the build-up up to their opening game against England. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:51:26 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0123/847103-bastareaud-returns-to-injury-hit-france-squad/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0123/847103-bastareaud-returns-to-injury-hit-france-squad/ Brendan Venter joins Conor O'Shea at Italy Italy have secured in-demand Brendan Venter as defence coach until the 2019 World Cup. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:52:23 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0123/847122-brendan-venter-joins/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0123/847122-brendan-venter-joins/ Cullen wants Leinster to match Toulouse in Europe Leinster coach Leo Cullen has an eye on Toulouse's record of four European titles as his side prepare for a home quarter-final against Wasps in the Champions Cup. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:18:48 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0122/846962-cullen-wants-leinster-to-match-toulouse-in-europe/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0122/846962-cullen-wants-leinster-to-match-toulouse-in-europe/ Frustrated Lam rues Connacht slow start in France Connacht head coach Pat Lam was frustrated to miss out on qualification to the European Champions Cup quarter-finals by just two points. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 19:40:33 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0122/846944-frustrated-lam-rues-connacht-slow-start-in-france/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0122/846944-frustrated-lam-rues-connacht-slow-start-in-france/ Munster and Leinster learn quarter-final opponents Leinster and Munster will both welcome former winners of the competition when they host Wasps and Toulouse respectively in the Champions Cup quarter-finals. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:54:07 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0122/846930-champions-cup-quarter-finals/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0122/846930-champions-cup-quarter-finals/ Connacht fall just short at Toulouse Connacht endured a heartbreaking exit from the European Champions Cup as Toulouse claimed a quarter-final spot with a tense 19-10 win at Stade Ernest Wallon. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 18:07:26 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0122/846922-toulouse-connacht/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0122/846922-toulouse-connacht/ Chavancy replaces Fofana in French squad France coach Guy Noves called up the uncapped Henry Chavancy into his Six Nations squad on Sunday after centre Wesley Fofana was ruled out with a ruptured Achilles tendon. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 18:26:47 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0122/846935-guy-noves-replaces/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0122/846935-guy-noves-replaces/ Sexton set to be named in Six Nations squad Johnny Sexton should be named in Ireland's RBS 6 Nations squad despite facing a race against time to be fit for the tournament opener against Scotland. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:20:12 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0122/846891-boost-for-ireland-as-sexton-set-to-be-named-in/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0122/846891-boost-for-ireland-as-sexton-set-to-be-named-in/ What Connacht need to do to reach quarter-finals Connacht find themselves just 80 minutes away from creating further history, but know they face an almighty challenge away to French aristocrats Toulouse. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:30:05 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0122/846867-connacht/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0122/846867-connacht/ Erasmus praises Munster's 'cool heads' after win Munster's Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus felt a sense of relief after his side defeated Racing 92 22-10 at Thomond Park to secure a home quarter-final in the Champions Cup. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 12:01:32 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0121/846817-erasmus-praises-munsters-cool-heads-after-win/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0121/846817-erasmus-praises-munsters-cool-heads-after-win/ O'Gara acknowledges 'special' return to Munster Ronan O'Gara feared the worst for his Racing 92 side when they fell behind to Munster in the Champions Cup this afternoon, but was pleased with the spirit they showed in the second half despite their eventual defeat. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:18:48 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0121/846809-ogara-feared-munster-would-kill-us/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0121/846809-ogara-feared-munster-would-kill-us/