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, 22 Feb 2017 12:17:24 +0000 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:17:24 +0000 Sport News George North starts for Wales against Scotland George North will return to Wales' starting line-up for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash against Scotland at Murrayfield. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:41:09 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0222/854497-george-north-starts-for-wales-against-scotland/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0222/854497-george-north-starts-for-wales-against-scotland/ Jackson and Sexton is a close call, says Murphy Paddy Jackson's evolution as an international out-half means that Johnny Sexton has no 'divine right' to a starting berth with Ireland, according to Richie Murphy. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:17:24 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0221/854418-jackson-and-sexton-on-level-playing-field-says-mu/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0221/854418-jackson-and-sexton-on-level-playing-field-says-mu/ Toner happy to adapt to changing line-up Devin Toner is one of just a handful of certain starters for Joe Schmidt when he picks his team ahead of Saturday's Six Nations clash with France, as his flexibility has become one of his biggest advantages. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:23:32 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/six-nations/2017/0221/854336-toner-happy-to-adapt-to-changing-line-up/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/six-nations/2017/0221/854336-toner-happy-to-adapt-to-changing-line-up/ Scannell eager to learn from Best Ireland's newest international Niall Scannell was thrown in at the deep end against Italy but, looking back, he wouldn't have changed a thing. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:17:36 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/six-nations/2017/0221/854333-scannell-happy-to-take-back-seat-as-he-learns-from/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/six-nations/2017/0221/854333-scannell-happy-to-take-back-seat-as-he-learns-from/ Johnny Sexton looks ready to face France Johnny Sexton remains in contention for Ireland's crucial Six Nations clash against France on Saturday having taken a full part in this morning's training session in Kildare. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:52:35 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0221/854281-sexton-looking-good-to-face-france/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0221/854281-sexton-looking-good-to-face-france/ Keane the right man for Connacht, says McQuilkin Former Leinster defence coach Kurt McQuilkin believes that Connacht have completed a 'good bit of business' in bringing in Kieran Keane as their new head coach. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:14:52 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0221/854190-keane-the-right-man-for-connacht/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0221/854190-keane-the-right-man-for-connacht/ George North back in the mix for Wales George North is on course to return from injury when Wales resume their RBS 6 Nations campaign against Scotland on Saturday. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:53:43 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0221/854306-george-north-back-in-the-mix-for-wales/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0221/854306-george-north-back-in-the-mix-for-wales/ IRFU confirm summer test with USA Eagles Joe Schmidt's Ireland team will play the USA Eagles in a summer test, the IRFU have confirmed. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:30:26 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0221/854255-irfu-confirm-summer-test-with-usa-eagles/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0221/854255-irfu-confirm-summer-test-with-usa-eagles/ Bastareaud ruled out of Ireland showdown Centre Mathieu Bastareaud will miss France's RBS 6 Nations clash with Ireland due to concussion. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:06:04 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0221/854157-bastareaud-out-of-france/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0221/854157-bastareaud-out-of-france/ Lenihan: France are playing for the jersey again Donal Lenihan believes a better prepared France side will offer a stern test to Ireland when the sides meet at Aviva Stadium in the RBS 6 Nations on Saturday afternoon. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:03:21 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0220/854128-france/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0220/854128-france/ Lancaster proud of what he built with England Former England coach Stuart Lancaster has dismissed the notion that under his stewardship the team were 'nice". Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:50:19 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0220/854120-lancaster-proud-of-his-input-in-englands-success/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0220/854120-lancaster-proud-of-his-input-in-englands-success/ France 'are as dangerous as ever' warns Heaslip Ireland's recent record against France makes for good reading but even in victory,  games against Les Bleus have never been easy, says Jamie Heaslip. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:21:54 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/six-nations/2017/0220/854040-heaslip-ireland-france-six-nations/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/six-nations/2017/0220/854040-heaslip-ireland-france-six-nations/ Dean: Madigan 'better off coming home' Ian Madigan would be 'better off coming home', according to Ireland team manager Paul Dean as stories emerged linking the out-half to a switch from the Top 14 to England. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:42:15 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/six-nations/2017/0220/854038-ian-madigan-dean-heaslip-ireland-six-nations/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/six-nations/2017/0220/854038-ian-madigan-dean-heaslip-ireland-six-nations/ Mako Vunipola in line for England return Saracens prop Mako Vunipola is set to make his first appearance of this year's RBS 6 Nations when England face Italy on Sunday. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:30:58 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/six-nations/2017/0220/854113-mako-vunipola-in-line-for-england-return/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/six-nations/2017/0220/854113-mako-vunipola-in-line-for-england-return/ Scotland receive welcome news on injury front Scotland coach Vern Cotter has been handed an RBS 6 Nations fitness boost after a clutch of his struggling players declared themselves fit to face Wales. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:21:01 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0220/854025-scotland-six-nations/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0220/854025-scotland-six-nations/ Kieran Keane is new Connacht head coach Connacht have confirmed Kieran Keane will join the province as head coach ahead of the 2017/18 season, having signed a three-year contract Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:40:56 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0220/854001-kieran-keane-is-new-connacht-head-coach/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0220/854001-kieran-keane-is-new-connacht-head-coach/ Sexton must start if fit, says O'Driscoll Ireland out-half Johnny Sexton must start against France if fit, according to Brian O'Driscoll. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:22:44 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/six-nations/2017/0220/853980-ireland-six-nations-rugby-update-france/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/six-nations/2017/0220/853980-ireland-six-nations-rugby-update-france/ Richard Cockerill agrees to take Edinburgh job Edinburgh have announced the appointment of former Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill as their new head coach from the start of next season. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:29:55 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0220/853944-richard-cockerill-agrees/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0220/853944-richard-cockerill-agrees/ Ian Madigan looking for Top 14 exit Ireland out-half Ian Madigan wants out of his contract at Bordeaux, according to reports in France. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:14:26 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0220/853938-ian-madigan/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0220/853938-ian-madigan/ O'Driscoll talks up Farrell for Lions captaincy Brian O'Driscoll believes Alun Wyn Jones is leading the race to captain the Lions for their tour to New Zealand this summer, but said a maturing Owen Farrell also has to "come into the conversation". Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:12:06 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0219/853870-odriscoll-farrell-in-conversation-to-captain-l/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2017/0219/853870-odriscoll-farrell-in-conversation-to-captain-l/