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, 5 Feb 2016 22:23:43 +0000 Fri, 5 Feb 2016 22:23:43 +0000 Sport News PREVIEW: Depleted Ireland face tough Wales task Ireland may be back-to-back Six Nations champions but they start off their defence with a severely weakened team against Wales this Sunday, writes Micil Glennon Fri, 5 Feb 2016 23:18:41 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2016/0205/765722-ireland-wales-six-nations-preview/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2016/0205/765722-ireland-wales-six-nations-preview/ VIDEO: Stander handed debut in new-look Irish side CJ Stander will make his debut in Ireland's opening RBS 6 Nations match against Wales at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 22:23:43 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0205/765667-stander-handed-debut-in-new-look-irish-side/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0205/765667-stander-handed-debut-in-new-look-irish-side/ Jackson kicks Ulster to victory over Dragons Paddy Jackson nailed a crucial penalty to give Ulster a late 17-15 win over Newport Gwent Dragons and send his side top of the Guinness PRO12 table. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 23:23:20 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0205/765836-ulster-v-newport-gwent-dragons/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0205/765836-ulster-v-newport-gwent-dragons/ Wales show strength in defeat of Ireland U-20s The Wales Under-20s' greater experience and cohesion helped them carve out a 35-24 win over Ireland in tonight's U-20 RBS 6 Nations opener. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 22:02:26 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0205/765817-ireland-under-20s/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0205/765817-ireland-under-20s/ Tommy O'Donnell: I feared I'd never play again Munster flanker Tommy O'Donnell has admitted he feared he'd never play again after dislocating his hip against Wales last summer, and has vowed to savour every minute he gets in a green jersey. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 22:39:31 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2016/0205/765701-tommy-odonnell-i-feared-id-never-play-again/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2016/0205/765701-tommy-odonnell-i-feared-id-never-play-again/ Warburton keen to avoid repeat of Dublin drubbing Wales are aiming to erase memories of a dreadful Dublin away-day when they launch their RBS 6 Nations campaign against defending champions Ireland on Sunday. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 16:22:21 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2016/0205/765723-warburton-keen-to/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2016/0205/765723-warburton-keen-to/ How to follow the Six Nations on RTÉ Sport The Six Nations championship returns this Saturday and RTÉ will again have extensive TV, Radio and Online coverage of every single game in 2016. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 16:11:04 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2016/0203/765090-six-nations-rte-coverage-ireland/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2016/0203/765090-six-nations-rte-coverage-ireland/ Column: Ireland head into Six Nations unknown Ireland go looking for an unprecedented third Six Nations championship in a row but a myriad of unknown unknowns lie ahead, writes Conor O'Shea. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 16:53:46 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2016/0201/764572-conor-oshea-six-nations-ireland-rte/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2016/0201/764572-conor-oshea-six-nations-ireland-rte/ Tierney confident rookies will step up to plate Ireland Women head coach Tom Tierney is confident his new-look panel will relish the white heat of a Six Nations battle as they prepare to start their title defence against Wales at Donnybrook Stadium on Saturday. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 15:56:16 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2016/0204/765416-tierney-confident-new-faces-will-step-up-to-plate/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2016/0204/765416-tierney-confident-new-faces-will-step-up-to-plate/ Munster sign Arnold and tie down Casey Ulster's Sammy Arnold will make the switch to Munster on a two-year deal this summer, while Duncan Casey has signed a two-year contract extension with the province. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 23:26:41 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0204/765450-sammy-arnold-makes-munster-move/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0204/765450-sammy-arnold-makes-munster-move/ Ryan: Ireland must learn to live without O'Connell Ireland cannot "copy and paste" former captain Paul O'Connell's talismanic traits into their Six Nations campaign, according to Donnacha Ryan. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 16:24:12 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2016/0204/765362-ryan/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2016/0204/765362-ryan/ Cool heads needed to beat England, warns Scott Matt Scott has said his side need to keep their emotions in check against England on Saturday after head coach Vern Cotter made only two changes to the side that was narrowly beaten by Australia in the World Cup quarter-final. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 16:44:52 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0204/765441-cool-heads-needed-to-beat-england-warns-scott/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0204/765441-cool-heads-needed-to-beat-england-warns-scott/ CJ Stander in line for Welsh baptism of fire Joe Schmidt will name his team to begin Ireland' Six Nations title defence against Wales today [2pm] - with CJ Stander in line for an Aviva Stadium baptism of fire. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 11:41:25 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2016/0205/765605-stander/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2016/0205/765605-stander/ Briggs makes Ireland call for Donnybrook support Ireland women's captain Niamh Briggs wants to make their new home in Donnybrook a "fortress". Thu, 4 Feb 2016 13:53:32 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2016/0203/765155-niamh-briggs-six-nations-ireland-wales-donnybrook/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2016/0203/765155-niamh-briggs-six-nations-ireland-wales-donnybrook/ Quartet to make Italy debuts against France Injury-hit Italy will hand test debuts to four players, two in the backs and two in the pack, in their starting side to play France in the Six Nations in Paris on Saturday. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 16:06:34 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2016/0204/765427-quartet-to-make-italy-debuts-against-france/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2016/0204/765427-quartet-to-make-italy-debuts-against-france/ Davies will be 'midget of midfield' - O'Shea Wales' Jonathan Davies will be "the midget of the midfield" if Ireland pair Stuart McCloskey and Robbie Henshaw at centre for Sunday's Six Nations opener, according to Conor O'Shea. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 13:33:26 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2016/0204/765389-oshea/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2016/0204/765389-oshea/ Ashton to miss Six Nations after losing appeal Chris Ashton's hopes of playing for England in this year's RBS 6 Nations Championship are over after his appeal against a 10-week ban for gouging Ulster's Luke Marshall was rejected. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 14:49:29 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2016/0204/765369-ashton-to-miss-six-nations-after-losing-appe/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2016/0204/765369-ashton-to-miss-six-nations-after-losing-appe/ Pro12 teams: Big guns back for Ulster Ulster have been boosted by the return of Paddy Jackson, Robbie Diack, Ruan Pienaar and Nick Williams for their Pro12 clash against Dragons at Kingspan Stadium on Friday night (kick off 7.35pm). Thu, 4 Feb 2016 12:57:59 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0204/765380-pro12-teams-big-guns-back-for-ulster/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2016/0204/765380-pro12-teams-big-guns-back-for-ulster/ Ireland's Easterby eager to erase Argentina agony Simon Easterby admits Ireland have had a "long time" to stew over their World Cup failure and is looking forward to putting things right against Wales on Sunday. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 09:40:54 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2016/0203/765152-simon-easterby-ireland-wales-argentina-mccloskey/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2016/0203/765152-simon-easterby-ireland-wales-argentina-mccloskey/ Danny Care and Joe Marler get England nod England have selected Danny Care at scrum-half and Joe Marler at loosehead prop for Saturday's Six Nations match against Scotland. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 10:38:56 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2016/0204/765328-danny-care-and-joe-marler-to/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/six-nations/2016/0204/765328-danny-care-and-joe-marler-to/