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 Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:35:37 +0000 Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:35:37 +0000 Sport News Leinster come out on top in battle of defences Sean Cronin scored the only try of a bruising and defence-dominated Guinness PRO12 derby as Leinster overcame Ulster 8-3 at the RDS. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:59:46 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1127/749776-leinster-come-out-on-top-in-battle-of-defences/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1127/749776-leinster-come-out-on-top-in-battle-of-defences/ Kearney out of Ulster clash with tight hamstring Leinster full-back Rob Kearney has been ruled out of Leinster's Pro12 clash with Ulster at the RDS tonight. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:35:37 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1127/749665-kearney-out-of-ulster-clash-due-totight-hamstring/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1127/749665-kearney-out-of-ulster-clash-due-totight-hamstring/ Foley and Lam ring changes for showdown Anthony Foley and Pat Lam have rung the changes for the top-of-the-table Pro12 collision between Munster and Connacht at Thomond Park on Saturday evening (5.15pm). Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:15:51 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1127/749653-amorosino-to-make-first-start-for-munster-in-derby/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1127/749653-amorosino-to-make-first-start-for-munster-in-derby/ Ulster and Munster Champions Cup games refixed Ulster and Munster's Champions Cup clashes with Oyannax and Stade Francais respectively will be played in the second week of January. Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:56:05 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1127/749610-ulster-and-munster-champions-cup-games-refixed/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1127/749610-ulster-and-munster-champions-cup-games-refixed/ James Cronin wary of Henshaw and Aki threat Munster prop James Cronin has said Connacht centres Robbie Henshaw and Bundee Aki are "as good a partnership that's in Ireland" ahead of the top-of-the-table Pro 12 clash in Thomond Park on Saturday evening (5.15pm). Fri, 27 Nov 2015 10:43:07 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1127/749574-james-cronin-wary-of-henshaw-and-aki-threat/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1127/749574-james-cronin-wary-of-henshaw-and-aki-threat/ Leinster boss keen to put European woe behind him Leinster head coach Leo Cullen is hoping his side can put their European nightmare behind them when they take on Ulster in Friday night's PRO12 encounter at the RDS. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 18:36:15 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1126/749411-leinster-boss-keen-to-put-european-woe-behind-him/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1126/749411-leinster-boss-keen-to-put-european-woe-behind-him/ Best 'privileged' to pen new two-year Ulster deal Rory Best said he's desperate to reward the Ulster fans with success after signing a new two-year Irish contract to keep him at Kingspan Stadium until 2018. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 15:57:01 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1126/749413-best-privileged-to-pen-new-two-year-ulster-deal/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1126/749413-best-privileged-to-pen-new-two-year-ulster-deal/ Pro12 teams: Milestones for Pienaar and Kirchner Ruan Pienaar will make his 100th appearance for Ulster while Zane Kirchner earns his 50th cap for Leinster when the provinces clash in the Guinness PRO12 at the RDS on Friday night. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:23:10 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1126/749357-pro12-teams/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1126/749357-pro12-teams/ Kieran Marmion pens two-year deal with Connacht Connacht scrum-half Kieran Marmion has signed a two-year central contract extension with the province. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:29:48 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1125/749069-marmion-pens-two-year-deal-with-connacht/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1125/749069-marmion-pens-two-year-deal-with-connacht/ Ian Keatley praises Connacht's rise to top Ian Keatley has hailed the emergence of Connacht as a genuine Pro12 force - but warned his old province that he is desperate to knock them off their perch this weekend. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:16:04 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1125/749047-keatley-relishing-chance-to-slay-connacht/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1125/749047-keatley-relishing-chance-to-slay-connacht/ Blues hooker Matthew Rees banned for stamp on face Former Wales captain Matthew Rees has received a seven-week ban for stamping on Harlequins and England number eight Nick Easter. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:09:11 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1125/749146-matthew-rees/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1125/749146-matthew-rees/ Lam: Munster tie will be won on training ground Connacht's fate against Munster on Saturday will be decided on the training field, according to coach Pat Lam. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 19:40:45 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1124/748964-pat-lam-connacht/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1124/748964-pat-lam-connacht/ Foley: Munster mindset right ahead of top two tie Connacht sit top of the Pro12 pile but Munster must focus on their own game, says head coach Anthony Foley. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 19:42:29 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1124/748931-munster-anthony-foley/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1124/748931-munster-anthony-foley/ Wales chief Phillips admits doping is 'a problem' Welsh rugby union chief Martyn Phillips admits eradicating the drugs problem from the domestic game is not going to be easy. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:47:19 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1124/748864-wales-rugby-chief/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1124/748864-wales-rugby-chief/ VIDEO: Rhys Ruddock not buying doomsday scenario The Irish provinces have traditionally provided succour in times of distress for the national side - but not this time. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 07:33:22 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1123/748664-r/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1123/748664-r/ VIDEO: Luke Fitzgerald defiant on Leinster hopes Luke Fitzgerald remains confident that Leinster can reach the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup, despite making it two losses in two games with a 19-16 defeat away to Bath on Saturday. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 16:54:56 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1123/748660-luke-fitzgerald-leinster-can-turn-season-around/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1123/748660-luke-fitzgerald-leinster-can-turn-season-around/ World Cup winner Nonu sets sights on Toulon titles Ma'a Nonu has arrived at Toulon, Leinster's next Champions Cup opponents, and immediately set his sights on silverware with the Top 14 club. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 22:11:57 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1123/748732-toulon/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1123/748732-toulon/ Lomu memorial service to be held in Eden Park A public memorial service for former All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu will be held at Auckland's Eden Park on November 30, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said on Monday. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:24:43 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1123/748534-lomu-memorial-service-to-be-held-in-eden-park/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1123/748534-lomu-memorial-service-to-be-held-in-eden-park/ Cullen calls for patience after Bath defeat Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has called for patience after he watched his side suffer their second consecutive defeat in this season's Champions Cup, losing 19-16 to Bath. Sun, 22 Nov 2015 10:28:48 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1121/748345-cullen-calls-for-patience-after-bath-defeat/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1121/748345-cullen-calls-for-patience-after-bath-defeat/ Connacht on top of Challenge Cup pool Ben Marshall touched down in his first start for Connacht as the westerners withstood a late surge to stay top of Pool 1 in the Challenge Cup with a win over Brive. Sun, 22 Nov 2015 09:28:55 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1121/748338-connacht-brive/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1121/748338-connacht-brive/