DONAL LENIHAN: Toothless Munster fail to close the gap on Leinster

It’s not often we get a provincial derby between Leinster and Munster these days with both teams fully locked and loaded. Therefore days such as Saturday’s ...

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DONAL LENIHAN: Leinster got suckered into playing too much rugby at a time they didn’t need to

An absorbing Heineken Cup final that lived up to its billing in every way. The Leinster players must have woken up yesterday wondering what hit them.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Could the Champions Cup final come down to just Sexton v Farrell?

Donal Lenihan on the players and performances that could shade today’s meeting of the European superpowers in Newcastle.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Allow the club game to wither at your peril — and here’s why...

Regular readers will be familiar with my views on the club game in this country and the role it can still play for professional players at either end of the rugby ...

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DONAL LENIHAN: If the playing personnel isn’t going to change at Munster, the game plan must

We’ve been down this road before, on seven different occasions now since Paul O’Connell, in tandem with Ronan O’Gara, lifted the Heineken Cup aloft ...

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DONAL LENIHAN: Leinster find their swagger to set up dream final

With question marks hanging over both provinces heading into their respective Champions Cup semi-finals, the likelihood of an all-Irish European final appeared distinctly ...

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