Donal Lenihan - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

DONAL LENIHAN: As Toulon splash cash, Munster grow surely, if slowly

In the end, joy and elation for a long-serving second row stalwart, but not the one we had hoped for. 

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Ian Keatley needs to be more assured in his game management.

DONAL LENIHAN: Ian Keatley needs to be Munster’s special K

Three key issues to decide the Pro12 final
1. O’Connell’s last stand
2. Who deals better with conquering mental demons?
3. Half-backs will decide this one

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DONAL LENIHAN: Glasgow Warriors stand in the way of fitting farewell to the ultimate warrior

How appropriate the two sides finishing first and second in the regular season contest the Guinness Pro 12 final in Belfast next Saturday. Like the league, both semi-finals went to the wire with a single score separating the teams after two great clashes over the weekend.

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DONAL LENIHAN: A bit of proper shoeing never did anyone any harm

Saturday’s Champions Cup final proved a far better game than anticipated in advance. 

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DONAL LENIHAN: Wallabies see writing on the wall, so they adapt to try and change it

Before looking forward to the inaugural Champions Cup final at Twickenham on Saturday, I feel compelled to examine the implications of an announcement last week that attracted minimal attention on this side of the world.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Why overburdened Leinster need helping hand from IRFU

Leinster will be burdened by massive regrets this week as they somehow attempt to patch themselves up for an unforgiving five-day turnaround with the season-defining outing against Ulster in Belfast on Friday night. 

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DONAL LENIHAN: As Leinster target ageing Toulon, Munster fire up new-look offence

The capture of Francis Saili could be the final piece in an exciting Munster backline for next season. The problem, ironically, could be in the tight five, writes Donal Lenihan.

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PASSION PLAY: Munster prop David Kilcoyne is put through his paces during a training session at CIT yesterday.

DONAL LENIHAN: Reasons for Ireland to be fearful in rugby World Cup

With that tantalising World Cup clash between Ireland and France cemented in the back of my mind, I couldn’t help but watch the respective performances of Clermont Auvergne and Leinster over the weekend in the context of that crucial Pool D encounter.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Leinster limping but there’s more in them

Saturday’s quarter-final was Leinster’s 19th knockout game over the last four seasons... the fact they won 15 of those shows their understanding of what’s required on these occasions, writes Donal Lenihan.

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