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, 28 Jan 2015 10:53:42 +0000 Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:53:42 +0000 Sport News VIDEO: No element of surprise for Ireland in 2015 Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt admits his side lack the surprise element that helped them become Six Nations champions last year. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:42:53 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2015/0128/676206-joe-schmidt/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2015/0128/676206-joe-schmidt/ Iain Henderson hoping for Wolfhounds springboard Ulster's Iain Henderson is hoping he can cap his return from long-term injury by using Friday's Irish Wolfhounds clash with the England Saxons to mount a late charge for inclusion in Ireland's Six Nations campaign. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:53:42 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2015/0128/676093-iain-henderson-hoping-for-wolfhounds-springboard/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2015/0128/676093-iain-henderson-hoping-for-wolfhounds-springboard/ Sean O'Brien set to feature during Six Nations Sean O'Brien is on course to feature in the first half of Ireland's RBS 6 Nations title defence, according to boss Joe Schmidt. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:29:03 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2015/0128/676216-obrien-set-to-feature/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2015/0128/676216-obrien-set-to-feature/ Conor Murray & Eoin Reddan will be fit for Ireland Scrum-half pair Conor Murray and Eoin Reddan are both expected to be fit for Ireland's opening Six Nations clash in Italy on Saturday week. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:49:04 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2015/0127/675955-murray-and-reddan-fitness-boost-for-ireland/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2015/0127/675955-murray-and-reddan-fitness-boost-for-ireland/ Niamh Briggs is handed Ireland captaincy Niamh Briggs has been named captain of the Ireland team for the 2015 Women's Six Nations Championship Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:05:57 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/irish-international/2015/0127/675944-briggs-is-handed-ireland-captaincy/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/irish-international/2015/0127/675944-briggs-is-handed-ireland-captaincy/ England's Owen Farrell to miss entire Six Nations Out-half Owen Farrell has been ruled out of England's entire RBS 6 Nations campaign with a knee injury. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:05:23 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2015/0127/675988-englands-owen-farrell-to-miss-entire-six-nations/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2015/0127/675988-englands-owen-farrell-to-miss-entire-six-nations/ Madigan & Heaslip nominated for Euro player award Ian Madigan and Jamie Heaslip have been nominated for the EPCR European Player of the Year Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:17:11 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/european/2015/0127/676005-madigan-heaslip-among-nominations-for-poty/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/european/2015/0127/676005-madigan-heaslip-among-nominations-for-poty/ Ashley Johnson cited for tackle on Dave Kearney Wasps' Ashley Johnson has been cited for the tackle on Dave Kearney during Saturday's Champions Cup game that forced the Leinster wing to come off injured. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:56:56 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0127/675987-ashley-johnson-cited-for-tackle-on-dave-kearney/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0127/675987-ashley-johnson-cited-for-tackle-on-dave-kearney/ Eoin Reddan faces race to be fit against Italy Ireland chiefs remain hopeful Eoin Reddan will beat his medial knee ligament strain in time to face Italy in the Six Nations opener in Rome. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:08:09 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/irish-international/2015/0126/675642-matt-oconnor-reveals-positive-injury-news/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/irish-international/2015/0126/675642-matt-oconnor-reveals-positive-injury-news/ Ulster's Kingspan Stadium to host Pro12 final Ulster's Kingspan Stadium, formerly Ravenhill, has been selected to host the 2015 Guinness Pro12 final. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:49:54 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/pro12/2015/0126/675683-ulsters-kingspan-stadium-to-host-pro12-final/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/pro12/2015/0126/675683-ulsters-kingspan-stadium-to-host-pro12-final/ Barritt, Burrell join Farrell as England doubts Brad Barritt and Luther Burrell are England's latest injury concerns, handing boss Stuart Lancaster a serious shortage at centre ahead of next weekend's Six Nations opener in Cardiff. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:38:09 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2015/0126/675616-england-concern-as-farrell-suffers-knee-injury/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2015/0126/675616-england-concern-as-farrell-suffers-knee-injury/ Trio extend deals with Connacht Back-row forwards Eoin McKeon, George Naoupu and Eoghan Masterson have become the latest players to sign new contract extensions with Connacht Rugby and the IRFU. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:35:38 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/pro12/2015/0126/675730-connacht-contracts/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/pro12/2015/0126/675730-connacht-contracts/ Luke Fitzgerald inspired by Ireland centre pairing Luke Fitzgerald is ready to emulate the defensive zeal of his "hard man" Leinster mentor Brian O'Driscoll in Ireland's Six Nations campaign. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:27:29 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2015/0126/675627-fitzgerald-inspired-by-ireland-centre-pairing/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2015/0126/675627-fitzgerald-inspired-by-ireland-centre-pairing/ Johnnie Beattie joins Scotland Six Nations squad Castres number eight Johnnie Beattie has been added to Vern Cotter's Scotland squad ahead of next month's RBS 6 Nations kick-off in Paris. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:40:24 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2015/0126/675622-beattie-added-to-scotland-six-nations-squad/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2015/0126/675622-beattie-added-to-scotland-six-nations-squad/ Leinster draw Bath at home in European quarters Leinster will welcome Bath to Dublin in the Champions Cup quarter-finals, having finished as fourth seeds in the pool stages. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:32:07 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0125/675490-leinster-quarter-final/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0125/675490-leinster-quarter-final/ Foley rues home defeat to Clermont Munster head coach Anthony Foley admitted his side's 65-10 thumping of Sale at Thomond Park felt "bittersweet" as their hopes of making the European Champions Cup quarter-finals had disappeared before this round-six clash. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:51:16 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0125/675538-foley-rues-home-defeat-to-clermont/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0125/675538-foley-rues-home-defeat-to-clermont/ Munster run riot against Sale to exit on high note Simon Zebo and Andrew Conway both crossed twice as Munster dominated their Champions Cup dead rubber against a young Sale outfit, winning 65-10 at Thomond Park. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:22:43 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0125/675510-munster-v-sale/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0125/675510-munster-v-sale/ Wales prop Jones retires from international rugby Wales prop Adam Jones has announced his retirement from international rugby - just five days after being left out of Warren Gatland's squad for this season's RBS 6 Nations Championship. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:34:25 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/international/2015/0125/675451-wales-prop-jones-retires-from-international-rugby/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/international/2015/0125/675451-wales-prop-jones-retires-from-international-rugby/ Reddan, Dave Kearney likely to miss Italy match Dave Kearney and Eoin Reddan are likely to miss the start of Ireland's Six Nations title defence after suffering injuries during Leinster's 20-20 draw with Wasps. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:24:15 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/international/2015/0124/675401-leinster-ireland-injuries/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/international/2015/0124/675401-leinster-ireland-injuries/ Connacht make quarters after dramatic final flurry Connacht secured a stunning 30-20 bonus-point win over La Rochelle in Pool 2 of the Challenge Cup and are now through to a quarter-final tie against Gloucester. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:15:46 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/challenge-cup/2015/0124/675359-la-rochelle-v-connacht/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/challenge-cup/2015/0124/675359-la-rochelle-v-connacht/