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, 17 Apr 2015 15:47:45 +0100 Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:47:45 +0100 Sport News O'Gara: Hurting Leinster ready to erupt in France Leinster are hurting and ready to "erupt" against Toulon in the Champions Cup semi-final, according to Ronan O'Gara. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:58:45 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0416/694659-ogara-leinster-toulon-champions-cup/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0416/694659-ogara-leinster-toulon-champions-cup/ Williams: Toulon not sidetracked by treble bid World Cup winner Ali Williams insists Toulon are not being distracted by the possibility of making European rugby history this season as they face Leinster for a place in the Champions Cup final. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:47:45 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0417/694806-ali-williams-toulon-leinster-champions-cup/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0417/694806-ali-williams-toulon-leinster-champions-cup/ Leinster stick with tried & trusted for Toulon tie Leinster have named the same starting XV that beat Bath for their Champions Cup semi-final against Toulon on Sunday. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:43:54 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0417/694761-leinster-team-to-play-toulon-champions-cup/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0417/694761-leinster-team-to-play-toulon-champions-cup/ France set to join race to host World Cup Ireland are facing increased competition in the battle to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup as France look set to join the race to hold the tournament. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:50:41 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/rugby-world-cup/2015/0417/694731-france-world-cup-bid/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/rugby-world-cup/2015/0417/694731-france-world-cup-bid/ Ulster prop retires due to multiple concussions Ulster and Ireland prop Declan Fitzpatrick is to retire from rugby on medical grounds after experiencing a number of concussions in recent seasons. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:14:29 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/irish/2015/0416/694572-declan-fitzpatrick/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/irish/2015/0416/694572-declan-fitzpatrick/ IRFU set to tie down Joe Schmidt on new contract The IRFU are in talks with Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt ahead of the World Cup about extending his contract which ends in 2016. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:48:53 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/irish-international/2015/0416/694457-irfu-set-to-tie-down-joe-schmidt-on-new-deal/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/irish-international/2015/0416/694457-irfu-set-to-tie-down-joe-schmidt-on-new-deal/ Matt O'Connor: Toulon are 'world-class blokes' Leinster face a Toulon team who usurped them as the kings of Europe in a mouthwatering Champions Cup semi-final clash on Sunday that the Irish side's head coach Matt O'Connor has billed as a "huge challenge". Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:01:28 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0416/694581-matt-oconnor-toulon-are-world-class-blokes/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0416/694581-matt-oconnor-toulon-are-world-class-blokes/ Gopperth eyes European final as parting glory Jimmy Gopperth is targeting a semi-final win over Toulon so the Leinster back can fulfil his dream of ending his time in Ireland with a place the Champions Cup final. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:02:19 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0416/694495-gopperth-on-toulon/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0416/694495-gopperth-on-toulon/ Jim McGuinness turns skills to rugby with Saracens Former Donegal football manager Jim McGuinness has been drafted in by Saracens to share his motivational skills ahead of Saturday's Champions Cup semi-final showdown against Clermont. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:52:50 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0416/694476-jim-mcguinness-turns-skills-to-rugby-with-saracens/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0416/694476-jim-mcguinness-turns-skills-to-rugby-with-saracens/ IRFU warns Govt 'be very careful' over free-to-air IRFU CEO Philip Browne has warned the Government to be "very careful" to not disturb rugby's funding balance in any consideration about whether the Six Nations should be designated free-to-air. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:52:33 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0415/694317-irfu-ceo-warns-govt-over-six-nations-free-to-air/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0415/694317-irfu-ceo-warns-govt-over-six-nations-free-to-air/ Cronin issues battle cry to Leinster team-mates Sean Cronin has called on his Leinster team-mates to play the best game of their careers when they face double Champions Cup winners Toulon in France on Sunday. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:02:51 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0414/694107-sean-cronin-leinster-toulon-champions-cup/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0414/694107-sean-cronin-leinster-toulon-champions-cup/ Lenihan: Leinster fold too easily under pressure Leinster's management team "missed a trick badly" with their selection for the province's Pro12 clash with the Dragons on Sunday, according to RTÉ rugby analyst Donal Lenihan. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:33:24 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0413/693907-lenihan-leinster-fold-too-easily-under-pressure/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/0413/693907-lenihan-leinster-fold-too-easily-under-pressure/ Wayne Barnes to referee Toulon v Leinster English referee Wayne Barnes will take charge of Leinster's Champions Cup semi-final withToulon on Sunday. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:28:23 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0413/693829-wayne-barnes-to-referee-leinster-v-toulon/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/2015/0413/693829-wayne-barnes-to-referee-leinster-v-toulon/ Dragons deal big blow to Leinster's play-off hopes Leinster are in serious danger of missing out on the Pro12 play-offs after a 25-22 defeat to the Dragons at Rodney Parade left them eight points behind fourth-placed Ospreys with just three games to play. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:44:25 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/pro12/2015/0412/693584-dragons-v-leinster/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/pro12/2015/0412/693584-dragons-v-leinster/ Rampant Munster put Edinburgh to sword Munster moved up to second place in the Pro12 table after crushing Edinburgh 34-3 in a five-try bonus-point win at Murrayfield. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 22:19:15 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/pro12/2015/0411/693452-edinburgh-v-munster/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/pro12/2015/0411/693452-edinburgh-v-munster/ Bowe bags brace in Ulster bonus-point win Tommy Bowe scored two tries as Ulster secured an impressive, 27-20 bonus-point Pro 12 win derby over Connacht at the Sportsground. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 17:43:15 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/pro12/2015/0411/693451-connacht-v-ulster/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/pro12/2015/0411/693451-connacht-v-ulster/ Ulster Bank League round-up: 11 April Young Munster completed a stunning finish to the Ulster Bank League's regular season as they squeezed through to the Division 1A play-offs by beating table toppers Lansdowne 15-5 at Tom Clifford Park. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 21:30:31 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/ail/2015/0411/693520-ulster-bank-league-round-up-11-april/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/ail/2015/0411/693520-ulster-bank-league-round-up-11-april/ Pro12 previews: Stakes are high with end in sight Competition for semi-finals and European places will mean there is a significant edge to the remainder of the Guinness Pro12 calendar, writes Brendan Cole. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 21:06:05 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/pro12/2015/0410/693343-pro12-previews-battle-heats-up-as-end-games-begin/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/pro12/2015/0410/693343-pro12-previews-battle-heats-up-as-end-games-begin/ Isa Nacewa set to make Leinster return Isa Nacewa has reportedly agreed to make a sensational comeback to Leinster, two years after retiring from rugby. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:20:33 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/pro12/2015/0410/693210-isa-nacewa/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/pro12/2015/0410/693210-isa-nacewa/ Pro12 teams: International trio start for Munster Munster head coach Anthony Foley welcomes back the final trio of returning internationals - Paul O'Connell, Peter O'Mahony and Conor Murray - for their Pro12 match against Edinburgh tomorrow night at 7.30pm. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:13:09 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/pro12/2015/0410/693248-pro12-teams-international-trio-start-for-munster/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/pro12/2015/0410/693248-pro12-teams-international-trio-start-for-munster/