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 Sat, 21 Apr 2018 13:01:23 +0100 Sat, 21 Apr 2018 13:01:23 +0100 Sport News Classy Lansdowne lift the Bateman Cup Three tries in the third quarter propelled Lansdowne to a long-awaited Ulster Bank Bateman Cup title - the club's first since 1931 - as they defeated defending champions Cork Constitution 32-12 at Temple Hill. Sat, 21 Apr 2018 16:05:19 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0421/956199-classy-lansdowne-lift-the-bateman-cup/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0421/956199-classy-lansdowne-lift-the-bateman-cup/ Leinster must avoid going Scarlet to book Bilbao spot Leinster are firm favourites to overcome Scarlets and claim a place in the Champions Cup final, writes Michael Glennon Sat, 21 Apr 2018 13:01:23 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0420/956082-leinster-must-avoid-going-scarlet-to-book-bilbao-spot/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0420/956082-leinster-must-avoid-going-scarlet-to-book-bilbao-spot/ Munster know Ryan a Racing certainty to cause problems Racing 92's Donnacha Ryan will face his old side once again with a Champions Cup final place up for grabs and Munster will be hoping he has an off-day. Sat, 21 Apr 2018 14:56:10 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0420/956024-munster-know-ryan-a-racing-certainty-to-cause-problems/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0420/956024-munster-know-ryan-a-racing-certainty-to-cause-problems/ History against elusive all-Ireland final RTÉ Sport's Declan Whooley spoke to former Leinster and Munster players who know from their own semi-final experience, that defeat at the penultimate stage is a bitter pill to swallow. Sat, 21 Apr 2018 09:04:38 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0418/955410-history-against-elusive-all-ireland-final/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0418/955410-history-against-elusive-all-ireland-final/ Sexton: Leinster 'learned a lot of hard truths' Johnny Sexton believes Leinster have learned from their mistakes and are ready to emulate the team who reached three European Cup finals in four years from 2008-2012. Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:34:08 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0420/956040-sexton-leinster-learned-a-lot-of-hard-truths/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0420/956040-sexton-leinster-learned-a-lot-of-hard-truths/ Shocking stuff - Bilbao beckons but Leinster beware Leinster are overwhelming favourites to beat Scarlets on Saturday but Welsh sides have a tidy record of upsetting the odds when it matters. Fri, 20 Apr 2018 23:48:19 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0417/955269-upsetting-the-odds-bilbao-beckons-but-leinster-beware/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0417/955269-upsetting-the-odds-bilbao-beckons-but-leinster-beware/ Feehan steps down as Six Nations and B&I Lions CEO John Feehan has stepped down as chief executive of the Six Nations and British and Irish Lions with immediate effect. Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:02:42 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0420/956066-feehan-steps-down-as-six-nations-and-bi-lions-ceo/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0420/956066-feehan-steps-down-as-six-nations-and-bi-lions-ceo/ Sean O'Brien ruled out for rest of season Leinster flanker Sean O'Brien's season is over after he underwent shoulder surgery today. Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:13:59 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0420/956026-sean-obrien-ruled-out-for-rest-of-season/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0420/956026-sean-obrien-ruled-out-for-rest-of-season/ Henshaw back for Champions Cup showdown with Scarlets Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw will make his Leinster comeback against the Scarlets in the semi-final of the Champions Cup tomorrow in the Aviva Stadium. Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:21:54 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0420/955950-henshaw-back-for-champions-cup-showdown-with-scarlets/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0420/955950-henshaw-back-for-champions-cup-showdown-with-scarlets/ Earls returns to the Munster starting line-up Munster have named their side to take on Racing 92 on Sunday in Bordeaux for the Champions Cup semi-final with Keith Earls returning and Simon Zebo on the bench. Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:05:43 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0420/955952-earls-returns-to-the-munster-starting-line-up/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0420/955952-earls-returns-to-the-munster-starting-line-up/ Experience could count for Irish sides - O'Sullivan Eddie O'Sullivan believes Munster and Leinster's experience on the big occasions will help them in this weekend's semi-finals. Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:05:32 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0420/955908-experience-could-count-for-irish-sides-osullivan/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0420/955908-experience-could-count-for-irish-sides-osullivan/ Donnacha Ryan relishing strangeness of playing Munster It will be a strange afternoon for Donnacha Ryan on Sunday as he and his new teammates will strain everything to prevent Munster reaching a European Cup final for the first time in a decade. Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:54:29 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0419/955823-donnacha-ryan-relishing-strangeness-of-playing-munster/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0419/955823-donnacha-ryan-relishing-strangeness-of-playing-munster/ Dragons player forced to retire with brain injury Dragons centre Adam Hughes has announced his retirement from professional rugby with immediate effect due to a brain injury. Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:22:09 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0420/955902-dragons-player-forced-to-retire-with-brain-injury/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0420/955902-dragons-player-forced-to-retire-with-brain-injury/ Success or apathy: The nascent revival of Welsh regions Are the Welsh sides about to take a permanent place at the top table of European club rugby? And why have they struggled for so long? Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:03:36 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0419/955725-success-or-apathy-the-nascent-revival-of-welsh-regions/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0419/955725-success-or-apathy-the-nascent-revival-of-welsh-regions/ Key men set to miss out on starting berths this weekend Ireland internationals Luke McGrath and Simon Zebo could miss out on starting berths for Leinster and Munster respectively ahead of this weekend's Champions Cup semi-finals. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:58:11 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0419/955691-munster-and-leinster-zebo-mcgrath-set-to-miss-out/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0419/955691-munster-and-leinster-zebo-mcgrath-set-to-miss-out/ Jackman: Munster need Zebo against a team like Racing Dragons coach and RTÉ rugby analyst Bernard Jackman believes that Munster should stick with Simon Zebo at full back for their semi-final clash against Racing 92 on Sunday afternoon. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:39:06 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0419/955825-jackman-munster-need-zebo-against-a-team-like-racing/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0419/955825-jackman-munster-need-zebo-against-a-team-like-racing/ Marshall to call time on career at end of season Paul Marshall has announced that he will retire from professional rugby at the end of the current season. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:38:34 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0419/955750-marshall-to-call-time-on-career-at-end-of-season/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0419/955750-marshall-to-call-time-on-career-at-end-of-season/ Banned Spanish players 'on the verge of depression' Five Spanish rugby players who were hit with heavy bans after confronting a referee following their heavily disputed defeat to Belgium are "on the verge of depression and cannot leave their homes", according to captain Jaime Nava. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:08:56 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0419/955715-banned-spanish-players-on-the-verge-of-depression/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0419/955715-banned-spanish-players-on-the-verge-of-depression/ Backlash to Israel Folau remarks intensifies Anti-gay comments made by Israel Folau continued to engulf Australian rugby with players in New Zealand criticising the Wallabies back, while pundits castigated the country's governing body for its handling of the situation. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:08:57 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0419/955636-backlash-to-israel-folau-remarks-intensifies/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0419/955636-backlash-to-israel-folau-remarks-intensifies/ Crunch time for Fardy in pursuit of Leinster glory Australian Scott Fardy is desperate to taste success with Leinster. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:59:09 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0419/955598-crunch-time-for-fardy-in-pursuit-of-leinster-glory/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0419/955598-crunch-time-for-fardy-in-pursuit-of-leinster-glory/