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, 26 May 2017 22:42:22 +0100 Fri, 26 May 2017 22:42:22 +0100 Sport News Furlong keen to see Munster finish job He'd rather be preparing for a Pro12 final himself but Leinster prop Tadhg Furlong is hoping his Munster counterparts will lift the trophy this evening. Sat, 27 May 2017 11:31:21 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0527/878302-furling-munster-scarlets-pro12-final/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0527/878302-furling-munster-scarlets-pro12-final/ Northampton grab Champions Cup rugby spot Northampton fought back from being 22-6 down and having Tom Wood sent off to secure a thrilling 23-22 win over Stade Francais and secure European Champions Cup rugby next season. Fri, 26 May 2017 22:42:22 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0526/878255-northampton-books/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0526/878255-northampton-books/ Lions will play their own game in NZ says Dan Cole Dan Cole is enthused by the quality in a star-studded British and Irish Lions squad that will depart for New Zealand on Monday. Fri, 26 May 2017 18:46:16 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0526/878194-lions-will-play-their-own-game-in-nz-says-dan-cole/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0526/878194-lions-will-play-their-own-game-in-nz-says-dan-cole/ Erasmus names unchanged Munster team for Pro12 final Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus has kept faith with the starting XV and matchday 23 that defeated Ospreys for Saturday's Guinness Pro12 final against Scarlets at the Aviva Stadium. Fri, 26 May 2017 15:10:12 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0526/878124-erasmus-names-unchanged-team-for-pro12-final/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0526/878124-erasmus-names-unchanged-team-for-pro12-final/ Tadhg Furlong ready for next chapter in meteoric rise He's come a long way in a short period of time but Tadhg Furlong is on the verge of another big step forward in his career. Fri, 26 May 2017 09:27:05 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0525/878002-furlong-ready-for-next-chapter-in-meteoric-rise/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0525/878002-furlong-ready-for-next-chapter-in-meteoric-rise/ 'Tad' Furlong making impression on Lions team-mates They may not be able to pronounce his name correctly just yet but Tadhg Furlong is getting the seal of approval from two fellow Lions forwards. Thu, 25 May 2017 19:43:04 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0525/877923-tad-furlong/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0525/877923-tad-furlong/ O'Brien and Sexton boost for Lions Lions coach Andy Farrell has revealed Sean O'Brien is on the verge of a return full fitness, while Johnny Sexton has taken a full part in training. Thu, 25 May 2017 15:10:54 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0525/877894-obrien-and-sexton-boost-for-lions/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0525/877894-obrien-and-sexton-boost-for-lions/ O'Sullivan: Munster must be perfect to fulfil 'destiny' Munster have "no room for error" if they are to claim the Pro12 title on Saturday, according to Eddie O'Sullivan. Thu, 25 May 2017 10:53:40 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0525/877841-pro12-final-munster-scarlets-eddie-osullivan/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0525/877841-pro12-final-munster-scarlets-eddie-osullivan/ Kearney: Pro12 hurt can fuel Leinster's fire Ireland full-back Rob Kearney believes it's important that all of Leinster's players watch this weekend's Pro12 final - particularly if Munster take the title. Thu, 25 May 2017 09:19:59 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0524/877729-rob-kearney/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0524/877729-rob-kearney/ Irish players say no to Six Nations restructuring The findings  of a survey carried out by Rugby Players Ireland on the proposed rescheduling of the Six Nations has shown an emphatic rejection of plans to take rest weeks out of the current schedule from 2020. Wed, 24 May 2017 20:43:30 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0524/877641-irish-players-say-no-six-nations-restructuring/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0524/877641-irish-players-say-no-six-nations-restructuring/ Scarlets' Steff Evans cleared to play in Pro12 final Scarlets winger Steff Evans is free to face Munster in Saturday's Pro12 final after having the red card he was shown in last week's semi-final win at Leinster rescinded. Wed, 24 May 2017 14:12:03 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0524/877586-scarlets-steff-evans-cleared-to-play-in-pro12-final/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0524/877586-scarlets-steff-evans-cleared-to-play-in-pro12-final/ All Blacks captain Read confident for first Lions Test All Blacks captain Kieran Read has moved to allay any fears he could miss the Lions tour because of a broken thumb with the expectation he should be ready for the first Test on June 24. Wed, 24 May 2017 13:21:52 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0524/877489-all-blacks-captain-kieran-read/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0524/877489-all-blacks-captain-kieran-read/ Nigels Owens to ref Munster's Pro12 final with Scarlets Nigel Owens has been appointed to referee Saturday's Pro12 final between Munster and Scarlets. Wed, 24 May 2017 09:56:30 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0523/877342-nigel-owens-pro12-final-munster-scarlets/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0523/877342-nigel-owens-pro12-final-munster-scarlets/ Against the Head: Munster will aim to strangle Scarlets The Against the Head panel were in agreement that Munster must stick to the tactical blueprint that served them so well against Ospreys if they are to defeat Scarlets in Saturday's Guinness Pro12 final. Tue, 23 May 2017 12:42:01 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0523/877261-against-the-head/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0523/877261-against-the-head/ Ian Madigan and Mike Ross added to Barbarians squad Ian Madigan and recently retired Mike Ross are among the names added to the Barbarians' 27-man squad for the upcoming games against Ulster Rugby and England. Tue, 23 May 2017 12:18:15 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0523/877280-ian-madigan-mike-ross/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0523/877280-ian-madigan-mike-ross/ Warburton: Andy Farrell has already set the Lions tone Captain Sam Warburton believes Andy Farrell will have a huge part to play if the Lions are to upset the odds and claim a first tour win in New Zealand since 1971. Tue, 23 May 2017 12:17:51 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0523/877247-sam-warburton/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0523/877247-sam-warburton/ Excited Robbie Henshaw ready to stake Test claim Robbie Henshaw's Lions career began in earnest on Monday with his first training session, but the 23-year-old is already setting his sights on proving his worth as a Test starter. Tue, 23 May 2017 09:47:31 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0522/877164-robbie-henshaw/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0522/877164-robbie-henshaw/ Gatland not expecting any easy games on Lions tour Warren Gatland has praised the strength of New Zealand's Super Rugby teams ahead of the Lions tour this summer. Tue, 23 May 2017 09:43:54 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0523/877223-lions-gatland/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0523/877223-lions-gatland/ Gatland has no worries over O'Brien and McGrath fitness Lions head coach Warren Gatland has allayed fitness concerns surrounding Sean O'Brien and Jack McGrath, insisting the pair are fully fit for the forthcoming tour of New Zealand. Tue, 23 May 2017 09:47:02 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0522/877134-gatland-has-no-worries-over-obrien-and-mcgrath-fitness/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0522/877134-gatland-has-no-worries-over-obrien-and-mcgrath-fitness/ Roux added to the mix for Ireland summer squad Connacht's Quinn Roux has been added to the Ireland squad that will travel to the US and Japan for the June Summer Tour. Mon, 22 May 2017 17:29:00 +0100 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0522/877119-quinn-roux-added-to-ireland-summer-squad/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0522/877119-quinn-roux-added-to-ireland-summer-squad/