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, 29 Apr 2017 21:30:09 +0100 Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:30:09 +0100 Sport News New Zealand skipper in danger of missing Lions series New Zealand suffered a major blow to their preparations for the upcoming series against the touring British and Irish Lions when captain Kieran Read fractured his thumb in Super Rugby action on Saturday and was forced to undergo surgery. Sun, 30 Apr 2017 14:35:39 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0430/871463-new-zealand-skipper-in-danger-of-missing-lions-tour/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0430/871463-new-zealand-skipper-in-danger-of-missing-lions-tour/ Munster ease past Treviso to book home semi-final Munster beat Treviso 34-14 at Stadio Monigo to secure a home semi-final in the Guinness PRO12. Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:30:09 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0429/871412-treviso-v-munster/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0429/871412-treviso-v-munster/ Sloppy Connacht well beaten at home by Scarlets Scarlets sauntered into the Guinness Pro12 play-offs with a 30-8 bonus point victory over error-strewn Connacht at the Sportsground. Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:25:59 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0429/871417-connacht-scarlets/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0429/871417-connacht-scarlets/ Ulster's play-off hopes all but ended by Ospreys Ulster will require a highly unlikely sequence of results on the final weekend of the Guinness Pro12 season after falling to defeat away to Ospreys that moves the Welsh club into play-off contention. Sat, 29 Apr 2017 19:51:57 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0429/871368-ospreys-ulster-match-report/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0429/871368-ospreys-ulster-match-report/ Cork Con nervy frantic finish to seal five-in-a-row Cork Constitution survived a frantic finish to edge out hosts Old Belvedere 18-13 at Anglesea Road and win their fifth Ulster Bank Bateman Cup in-a-row. Sat, 29 Apr 2017 15:55:39 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0429/871371-bateman-cup/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0429/871371-bateman-cup/ Leinster overcome lights failure to edge past Glasgow Leinster squashed Glasgow's faint Guinness PRO12 play-off bid as Joey Carbery's 74th-minute penalty saw the hosts triumph 31-30 in thrilling fashion. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:27:58 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0428/871272-leinster-glasgow/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0428/871272-leinster-glasgow/ Pro12 teams: Erasmus calls on A Team for Italian job Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus makes ten changes for Munster's return to Pro12 action as the province take on Treviso at Stadio Mongio on Saturday. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:15:08 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0428/871090-pro12-teams-three-changes-for-ulster/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0428/871090-pro12-teams-three-changes-for-ulster/ Lenihan: Erasmus stay key to Munster progress Donal Lenhian believes Rassie Erasmus' decision to stay with Munster is a significant boost for the province and expects the South African to put more of his stamp on the team next season. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:33:06 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0427/870928-rassie-erasmus/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0427/870928-rassie-erasmus/ Aki ruled out of Champions Cup play-off with 3 game ban Connacht have been dealt a blow ahead of their Champions Cup play-off semi-final with the news that Bundee Aki has been handed a three-game ban for remarks made to referee Ian Davies. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:31:56 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0427/870875-bundee-aki-ban/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0427/870875-bundee-aki-ban/ Pro12 team news: Molony to skipper Leinster Ross Molony will captain Leinster for the first time in a competitive game for the Pro12 game with Glasgow at the RDS on Friday, kick-off 7.35pm. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:53:52 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0427/870762-pro12-team-news-molony-to-skipper-leinster/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0427/870762-pro12-team-news-molony-to-skipper-leinster/ Ulster quartet pen contract extensions Back row forward Clive Ross, lock Alan O'Connor, and scrum-half Dave Shanahan have all signed contract extensions that will keep them at Ulster until the summer of 2019, while hooker John Andrew has agreed terms to stay with the province until 2020. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:32:17 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0427/870803-ulster-quartet-pen-contract-extensions/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0427/870803-ulster-quartet-pen-contract-extensions/ All Black Kaino in fitness race for Lions tour New Zealand loose forward Jerome Kaino faces a race against time to be fit to play the British and Irish Lions in late June and early July after electing to have surgery on a meniscus tear in his knee. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:30:55 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0427/870696-all-black-kaino-in-fitness-race-for-lions-tour/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0427/870696-all-black-kaino-in-fitness-race-for-lions-tour/ Lions tour to be shortened after New Zealand mission The Lions tour to New Zealand this summer will be the last in its existing six-week format, Premiership Rugby has confirmed. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:54:03 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0425/870324-lions-tour-to-be-shortened-after-new-zealand-mission/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0425/870324-lions-tour-to-be-shortened-after-new-zealand-mission/ Ireland prop Mike Ross announces retirement Ireland and Leinster prop Mike Ross has confirmed that he will retire from rugby at the end of the current season. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:39:28 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0425/870112-ireland-prop-mike-ross-announces-retirement/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0425/870112-ireland-prop-mike-ross-announces-retirement/ Lenihan: Future still bright for Leinster and Munster Donal Lenihan believes that Munster and Leinster will bounce back to meet in the Pro12 final despite both exiting European competition last weekend. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:11:00 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0424/870000-lenihan-future-bright-for-leinster-and-munster/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0424/870000-lenihan-future-bright-for-leinster-and-munster/ Connacht duo McKeown and Leader extend Connacht stay Connacht have announced contract extensions for local players Eoin McKeown and Daragh Leader. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:54:58 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0425/870210-connacht-duo-mckeown-and-leader-agree-connacht/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0425/870210-connacht-duo-mckeown-and-leader-agree-connacht/ Lions omission will "eat away" at Haskell, says Young England and Wasps flanker James Haskell's omission from the British and Irish Lions squad for their upcoming tour of New Zealand will "eat away at him", Wasps director Dai Young has said. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:59:51 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0425/870052-lions-omission-will-eat-away-at-haskell-says-wasps-y/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0425/870052-lions-omission-will-eat-away-at-haskell-says-wasps-y/ Connacht sign Irish youngster Gavin Thornbury Connacht have started their rebuilding process for next season with the signing of Irish second row Gavin Thornbury on a two-year deal. Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:33:26 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0424/869858-connacht-sign/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0424/869858-connacht-sign/ Cullen frustrated yet encouraged following Cup exit Leo Cullen had mixed emotions after seeing his Leinster side get eliminated from the Champions Cup at the penultimate hurdle. Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:15:02 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0424/869840-cullen-frustrated-yet-encouraged-following-cup-exit/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0424/869840-cullen-frustrated-yet-encouraged-following-cup-exit/ Sexton admits first-half mistakes cost Leinster Leinster fly-half Jonathan Sexton admitted his team made too many first-half mistakes to win their Champions Cup semi-final against Clermont Auvergne. Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:34:13 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0423/869632-clermont-auvergne-v-leinster/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0423/869632-clermont-auvergne-v-leinster/