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 Mon, 30 May 2016 20:42:45 +0100 Mon, 30 May 2016 20:42:45 +0100 Sport News Vodafone agrees deal to sponsor Ireland team Vodafone Ireland will sponsor the Ireland rugby team for the next four years after completing a deal with the Irish Rugby Football Union. Mon, 30 May 2016 15:59:49 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0530/792037-vodafone-agrees/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0530/792037-vodafone-agrees/ Opinion: Connacht style wins hearts and games Tony Ward stood alone on the Murrayfield press gantry. He looked down at the remnants of an elated Connacht crowd as the last of their heroes disappeared down the tunnel, writes Micil Glennon. Mon, 30 May 2016 20:42:45 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0530/791891-opinion-connacht-style-wins-hearts-and-games/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0530/791891-opinion-connacht-style-wins-hearts-and-games/ Healy likely to replace Fitzgerald on summer tour Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has hinted that Matt Healy is likely to replace the injured Luke Fitzgerald on what he predicts will be a tough three-test series in South Africa. Mon, 30 May 2016 17:37:20 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0530/792064-healy-fitzgerald/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0530/792064-healy-fitzgerald/ Experienced hooker to captain Boks against Ireland South Africa have named hooker Adriaan Strauss as captain for the three-test home series against Ireland in June. Mon, 30 May 2016 16:38:52 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0530/792051-adriaan-strauss/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0530/792051-adriaan-strauss/ Kyle McCall extends Ulster contract Rising star Kyle McCall has signed a two-year contract extension with Ulster Rugby, keeping him at Kingspan Stadium until 2019. Mon, 30 May 2016 11:44:38 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0530/791962-kyle-mccall-extends-ulster-contract/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0530/791962-kyle-mccall-extends-ulster-contract/ VIDEO: Connacht bring Pro12 trophy home Watch Connacht's triumphant return to Galway with the Pro12 trophy following their victory over Leinster in Saturday's final. Sun, 29 May 2016 23:51:06 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0529/791854-video-connacht-bring-pro12-trophy-home/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0529/791854-video-connacht-bring-pro12-trophy-home/ Pat Lam sets lofty goals for his Connacht side Pat Lam has challenged his Connacht side to use their Guinness PRO12 triumph as a platform for sustained success. Sun, 29 May 2016 15:23:10 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0529/791775-pat-lam/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0529/791775-pat-lam/ England warm up for Wallabies with Wales win England survived an early Welsh onslaught to warm-up for their summer tour to Australia with a 27-13 victory at Twickenham that keeps intact the perfect start to Eddie Jones' reign as head coach. Sun, 29 May 2016 23:22:04 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0529/791817-england-warm-up-for-wallabies-with-wales-win/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0529/791817-england-warm-up-for-wallabies-with-wales-win/ 'Gutted' Cullen acknowledges 'incredible' Connacht Leo Cullen's attempt to become the third successive Leinster coach to win silverware in his maiden season fell short at Murrayfield, but he was honest in his assessment that the better team won the 2016 Guinness Pro12. Sun, 29 May 2016 00:03:10 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0528/791715-gutted-cullen-acknowledges-incredible-connacht/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0528/791715-gutted-cullen-acknowledges-incredible-connacht/ Connacht secure first Pro12 title Connacht's fairytale season ended with an appropriately magical finale as they beat four-time champions Leinster to win the Pro12 for the first time. Sat, 28 May 2016 21:10:57 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0528/791646-connacht-leinster-match-report/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0528/791646-connacht-leinster-match-report/ Proud Lam hails his hard-working Connacht heroes Pat Lam could not hide his pride after witnessing his Connacht side end the province's long wait for silverware with a 20-10 victory in the Guinness Pro12 final against Leinster. Sat, 28 May 2016 20:47:54 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0528/791697-lam-cullen/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0528/791697-lam-cullen/ Muldoon: Maybe it was destiny that Connacht won Captain John Muldoon revealed that it has yet to sink in that Connacht are Guinness PRO12 champions after the 20-10 victory over Leinster at Murrayfield. Sun, 29 May 2016 00:01:51 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0528/791710-john-muldoon/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0528/791710-john-muldoon/ Springboks name fresh-faced squad to meet Ireland New South Africa coach Allister Coetzee named nine uncapped players on Saturday in a 31-man squad to face Ireland in three tests next month. Sat, 28 May 2016 19:44:47 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0528/791695-springboks-squad/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0528/791695-springboks-squad/ Saracens hold off Exeter to seal double Saracens became the first English club for 12 years to win a domestic and European double as they resisted a thrilling Exeter fightback to retain the Aviva Premiership title Sat, 28 May 2016 19:01:44 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0528/791688-saracens-hold-off-exeter-to-seal-double/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0528/791688-saracens-hold-off-exeter-to-seal-double/ Pro12 final preview: Connacht v Leinster After a disappointing 10 months for rugby in this country, the domestic campaign will come to an end with Connacht or Leinster claiming silverware in the form of the Pro12 trophy. Sat, 28 May 2016 10:12:17 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0527/791503-pro12-preview-connacht-leinster/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0527/791503-pro12-preview-connacht-leinster/ Jamie Heaslip eyes glory to add to Leinster legacy Jamie Heaslip has said glory in Murrayfield would add to the legacy this Leinster crop want to leave at the province - but is braced for an almighty battle with Connacht in the Pro12 play-off final showdown. Sat, 28 May 2016 10:23:26 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0527/791514-heaslip/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0527/791514-heaslip/ VIDEO: Connacht fans begin journey to Murrayfield Connacht fans began their journey to Edinburgh on Friday on the eve of the biggest game in the province's history. Fri, 27 May 2016 21:46:09 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0527/791534-video-connacht-fans-begin-journey-to-murrayfield/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0527/791534-video-connacht-fans-begin-journey-to-murrayfield/ Muldoon allows himself to dream of final glory Connacht captain John Muldoon has admitted his biggest task between now and kick-off in tomorrow's Pro12 final might just keeping his players - and himself - from getting carried away with the excitement. Fri, 27 May 2016 18:55:20 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0527/791507-muldoon-final/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0527/791507-muldoon-final/ Connacht unchanged, Nacewa, Toner out for Leinster Leinster's Isa Nacewa and Devin Toner will miss Saturday's Pro12 final while Connacht coach Pat Lam spoke of "making history" when naming an unchanged side. Fri, 27 May 2016 13:37:12 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0527/791405-connacht-unchanged-for-leinster-showdown/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0527/791405-connacht-unchanged-for-leinster-showdown/ Anderson out to unearth Ulster 'golden generation' Former Ireland captain Willie Anderson said he's aiming to unearth a "golden generation" at Ulster after linking up with the Academy as player development officer. Thu, 26 May 2016 13:06:12 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0526/791135-anderson-takes-on-ulster-academy-coaching-role/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0526/791135-anderson-takes-on-ulster-academy-coaching-role/