DONAL LENIHAN: How did Wales and England expose Ireland’s limitations?

If Carlsberg could do Grand Slam-winning opening salvos, they would replicate what Wales delivered in the opening 70 seconds of action in Cardiff last Saturday.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Major alarm bells sounding for Ireland lieutenants

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DONAL LENIHAN: How Munster can reap rewards of west Cork rugby revolution

In the midst of the Six Nations hype, the provincial coaches beaver away with reduced playing resources, trying to keep the ship afloat and a season’s work ...

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DONAL LENIHAN: Front-foot Ireland rediscover missing groove

Standing pitchside as the players warmed up for yesterday’s Aviva Stadium clash, you could sense the tension. Focused minds, stern faces, sharp execution in ...

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DONAL LENIHAN: Return of maturing Ringrose will be key plus for Ireland

Even in their darkest days - and there has been far too many lately for a rugby nation like France — the one constant has been the power and efficiency of ...

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DONAL LENIHAN: Rugby in danger of selling its soul with plans for world league

Is the dam on the brink of bursting? Is international rugby ready to sell its soul? The haste with which a proposed new 12-team World League is being introduced ...

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DONAL LENIHAN: Ireland must regain direction after taking turn for the worst

Apart from asking directions for the Colosseum or the Vatican City, the question on everyone’s lips in Rome last weekend was: What’s the problem with ...

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DONAL LENIHAN: Where has that Ireland swagger gone?

Ireland were offered every incentive in Rome to get their Six Nations title aspirations back on track as they watched Wales beat England from their hotel base on ...

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DONAL LENIHAN: Rome challenge offers perfect platform for an Irish reboot

Three areas Ireland will target for improvement

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