Donal Lenihan - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

ON TOUR LINE-UP: The Ireland squad go through their paces in Thays Park, Buenos Aires, as they face into the unknown against an under-strength Argentinian side in the  first test on Saturday. Picture: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

DONAL LENIHAN: Little will be learned in Argentina

The domestic season may be over but rugby fans across Europe will be challenged to keep up with the volume of test matches over the next three weeks as end-of-term tours come sharply into focus.


DONAL LENIHAN: Work to do after longest goodbye

On Saturday, Leinster not only bring the curtain down on the domestic rugby season but also on the longest goodbye the game in this country has ever seen when Brian O’Driscoll lines out as a professional rugby player for the last time.


DONAL LENIHAN: Plenty of Cardiff final memories, but they’re not all good

It feels strange for the Millennium Stadium to host a Heineken Cup decider this weekend without an Irish province in sight. Of the 18 finals to date, Cardiff has staged six, including the first two in 1996 and 1997 won by Toulouse and Brive respectively.


DONAL LENIHAN: Door open to tour and World Cup

With just 14 Tests left to play before Ireland open their World Cup campaign against Canada at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on September 19, 2015, Joe Schmidt will take great care in selecting his squad for the forthcoming series against Argentina.


DONAL LENIHAN: IRFU must now think beyond Pro12

The ineptitude of the Edinburgh challenge in front of their home support on Saturday evening highlights one of the biggest challenges facing the Irish provinces in the future.

KEY PLAYER: Rob Penney has played a major role in developing Munster's new brigade and instilled them with a confidence to face any opposition without  inhibitions

DONAL LENIHAN: Munster regrets matched by Ulster frustration

It says everything about the way rugby is going that the first person to occupy a seat on the top table at the Toulon post-match press conference after Sunday’s semi-final was club owner Mourad Boudjellal. Even Roman Abramovich wouldn’t chance that after a Chelsea victory.