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, 25 Nov 2015 10:16:04 +0000 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:16:04 +0000 Sport News 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/ Leinster's European hopes go down plughole in Bath A late penalty from England fly-half George Ford condemned Leinster to a second successive Champions Cup defeat as Bath's 19-16 win at the Rec left the three-time champions' hopes of reaching the quarter-finals hanging by a thread. Sat, 21 Nov 2015 22:31:13 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1121/748320-leinsters-european-hopes-go-down-plughole-in-bath/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1121/748320-leinsters-european-hopes-go-down-plughole-in-bath/ Ulster blown away by four-try Saracens Ulster opened their Champions Cup campaign with a disappointing 27-9 loss to Saracens at a freezing Ravenhill. Sat, 21 Nov 2015 12:48:07 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1120/748187-ulster-saracens/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1120/748187-ulster-saracens/ Leicester show power in Treviso cruise Leicester took control of their European Rugby Champions Cup pool with a bonus-point 36-3 win at Treviso. Sat, 21 Nov 2015 15:43:13 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1121/748298-leicester-power-past-treviso-to/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1121/748298-leicester-power-past-treviso-to/ Preview: Do or die for Leinster in Bath It is do or die for Leinster against Bath on Saturday, writes Brendan Cole. Fri, 20 Nov 2015 23:57:55 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1120/748155-preview-bath-leinster/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1120/748155-preview-bath-leinster/ Les Kiss: Ulster didn't work hard enough In the aftermath of defeat to Saracens, Ulster's Les Kiss was hugely disappointed at seeing his side lose control of a game which they had looked in charge of midway through the first half. Sat, 21 Nov 2015 09:34:37 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1120/748221-saracens-ulsters-les-kiss/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1120/748221-saracens-ulsters-les-kiss/ Leinster make sweeping changes for Bath game Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has made eight changes to his team to face Bath in the Champions Cup this weekend. Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:21:36 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1120/747971-leinster-make-sweeping-changes-for-bath-game/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1120/747971-leinster-make-sweeping-changes-for-bath-game/ Jones praises predecessor Lancaster's 'legacy' Eddie Jones has become England's first overseas head coach after the Australian signed a four-year contract with the Rugby Football Union that will conclude with the next World Cup. Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:17:11 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1120/747912-eddie-jones-named-as-new-england-coach/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1120/747912-eddie-jones-named-as-new-england-coach/ All change for Connacht after Siberian trip Connacht boss Pat Lam rings the changes in his team selection for their Challenge Cup game with Brive at the Sportsground, less than a week after a 7,500km round trip to Siberia. Fri, 20 Nov 2015 12:38:51 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1120/747984-all-change-for-connacht-after-siberian-trip/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2015/1120/747984-all-change-for-connacht-after-siberian-trip/