RTÉ Sport six nations http://www.rte.ie/sport Latest Irish and international news supplied by RTE.ie Copyright © RTÉ RTÉ Sport six nations http://www.rte.ie/images/logo_rss_goog.gif http://www.rte.ie/sport Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:22:31 +0000 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:22:31 +0000 Sport News Wales primed to derail Ireland's Grand Slam hopes Ireland's Grand Slam hopefuls face their toughest test to date as Wales - a side that always sets itself up as one with something to prove - come to town. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:45:11 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0223/943144-wales-primed-to-derail-irelands-grand-slam-hopes/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0223/943144-wales-primed-to-derail-irelands-grand-slam-hopes/ France end winless streak as Italy prove no match France secured their first victory of the 2018 Six Nations campaign, beating Italy in 34-17 Marseille. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:22:31 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0223/943132-france-end-winless-streak-as-italy-prove-no-match/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0223/943132-france-end-winless-streak-as-italy-prove-no-match/ Griggs wary of wounded Welsh side Ireland head coach Adam Griggs says he is cautious of facing a wounded Welsh side this weekend, as his side looked to build on their winning momentum in the Women's Six Nations. Sat, 24 Feb 2018 00:25:06 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0223/943110-griggs-wary-of-wounded-welsh-side/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0223/943110-griggs-wary-of-wounded-welsh-side/ Ireland U20s fall short as Wales prevail in try-fest Ireland Under-20s fell just short of recording a stunning comeback as Wales held on for a 41-38 win at Donnybrook. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:33:08 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0223/943127-ireland-u20s-fall-short-as-wales-prevail-in-try-fest/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0223/943127-ireland-u20s-fall-short-as-wales-prevail-in-try-fest/ 'War in the afternoon, pints in the evening' - Williams Liam Williams is ready for an appointment with the player he describes as "my coach" when Wales tackle NatWest 6 Nations rivals Ireland on Saturday. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:43:53 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0223/943139-war-in-the-afternoon-pints-in-the-evening-williams/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0223/943139-war-in-the-afternoon-pints-in-the-evening-williams/ Porter not a cause for concern on seminal weekend This weekend's matches are more than season-defining, must-win games. The results of each will be seminal in defining where our adult representative teams sit and a solid indicator of the state of our rugby health. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:41:18 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0223/942928-porter-not-a-cause-for-concern-on-seminal-weekend/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0223/942928-porter-not-a-cause-for-concern-on-seminal-weekend/ Best calls on referee to protect the scrum Rory Best wants Ireland's squeaky-clean scrummaging record to be "protected" by the officials in Saturday's NatWest 6 Nations clash with Wales in Dublin. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:30:28 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0223/943027-best-calls-on-referee-to-protect-the-scrum/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0223/943027-best-calls-on-referee-to-protect-the-scrum/ 'We dislike them the most' - The Ireland-Wales rivalry Misty-eyed mythology decrees that the Irish and the Welsh should be Celtic soul brothers, bonded by their shared dislike of the big bad English wolf. But anyone who follows rugby will know that this is emphatically not the case and hasn't been for at least a decade. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:46:13 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0219/941880-we-dislike-them-the-most-the-ireland-wales-rivalry/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0219/941880-we-dislike-them-the-most-the-ireland-wales-rivalry/ 'This is the game where we're most likely to be caught' Eddie O'Sullivan is fearful that Ireland could be punished if they allow Wales to hit their free-running stride on Saturday. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:45:51 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0223/942930-this-is-the-game-were-most-likely-to-get-caught/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0223/942930-this-is-the-game-were-most-likely-to-get-caught/ 'He's going to be feeling a force he's not experienced' Bernard Jackman thinks Andrew Porter will come under pressure, but is backing the Leinster man to come through the test. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 06:44:44 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0222/942833-jackman-wales-porter/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0222/942833-jackman-wales-porter/ Schmidt hopes fine margins swing in Ireland's favour Joe Schmidt was at pains to point out that there is little to choose between Ireland and Wales, while hoping that the pendulum swings his side's way in Saturday's NatWest 6 Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium. Thu, 22 Feb 2018 23:16:15 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0222/942811-schmidt-hopes-fine-margins-swing-in-irelands-favour/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0222/942811-schmidt-hopes-fine-margins-swing-in-irelands-favour/ Earls has a new vision for Ireland's future Keith Earls is in the form of his life and puts a lot of it down to his diligent eye training. Thu, 22 Feb 2018 23:16:22 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0222/942766-earls-x-factor/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0222/942766-earls-x-factor/ Just the one change for England ahead of Calcutta Cup There's only one change to the England side to take on Scotland in Murrayfield. Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:40:53 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0222/942787-england-one-change/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0222/942787-england-one-change/ Furlong and Henderson out as Ireland make five changes Injuries have contributed to Joe Schmidt's selection ahead of Saturday's NatWest Six Nations clash against Wales, with five changes in personnel from the victory over Italy last time out. Thu, 22 Feb 2018 20:26:54 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0222/942644-furlong-and-henderson-out-as-ireland-make-five-changes/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0222/942644-furlong-and-henderson-out-as-ireland-make-five-changes/ O'Shea keen for Italy to build on Irish mistakes Conor O'Shea wants Italy to learn from their mistakes made against Ireland when the NatWest 6 Nations Championship enters new territory on Friday night. Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:07:41 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0222/942664-oshea-keen-for-italy-to-build-on-irish-mistakes/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0222/942664-oshea-keen-for-italy-to-build-on-irish-mistakes/ Furlong and Henderson set to lose fitness race Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is set to change a third of his team for the visit of Wales on Saturday Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:08:16 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0222/942621-furlong-and-henderson-set-to-lose-fitness-race/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0222/942621-furlong-and-henderson-set-to-lose-fitness-race/ Indispensable 'Sherman tank' key to overturning Wales A hamstring injury means Tadhg Furlong's participation against Wales remains in doubt. Declan Whooley assesses one of the key players in Joe Schmidt's team. Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:32:23 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0221/942393-tadhg-furlong-indispensable-ireland-wales/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0221/942393-tadhg-furlong-indispensable-ireland-wales/ Bastareaud returns as France make five changes France coach Jacques Brunel has changed a third of his team as Les Bleus seek their first win of the NatWest Six Nations when they welcome Italy to the Stade Vélodrome on Friday night. Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:51:41 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0221/942323-bastareaud-returns-as-france-make-five-changes/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0221/942323-bastareaud-returns-as-france-make-five-changes/ Scotland stick with winning formula for England visit Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has kept faith with the players that beat France for Saturday's Calcutta Cup clash with England. Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:53:33 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0221/942397-scotland-stick-with-winning-formula-for-england-visit/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0221/942397-scotland-stick-with-winning-formula-for-england-visit/ Four changes for Ireland Women for Wales clash Ciara O'Connor, Leah Lyons, Orla Fitzsimons and Claire McLoughlin have all come into the Ireland team to face Wales in Donnybrook on Sunday (kick-off 3pm). Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:50:15 +0000 http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0221/942417-four-changes-for-ireland-women-for-welsh-clash/ http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2018/0221/942417-four-changes-for-ireland-women-for-welsh-clash/