Donal Lenihan - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

DONAL LENIHAN: Manic Munster refuse to give an inch to French visitors

Dan Carter looked a little shook when forced to depart the scene early in the second half, having taken a knock on the knee early in the contest. Manic days in Limerick tend to have that effect on even the best of players, writes Donal Lenihan.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Will Johann van Graan promote Paul O’Connell to senior set-up?

It’s been something of a rollercoaster week for Munster, what with a face-saving draw on the road against Castres, the weakest of the French participants in this season’s Champions Cup, to complement the confirmation of a new head coach, writes Donal Lenihan.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Take the draw, the two points and run: Reds ride their luck

The rouble with Castres is, you never quite know what they will bring to the table. With just two wins from seven outings in the French Top 14, they should make for more inviting opposition than any of the other five French qualifiers in this season’s Champions Cup.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Can the Irish provinces finally get back to the European summit?

Away wins anywhere in this pool will be extremely hard to come by and will ultimately prove decisive, writes Donal Lenihan

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DONAL LENIHAN: Johann van Graan offered Munster job but what of Andy Farrell?

If Munster were happy to appoint someone who hasn’t previously enjoyed the role of head coach but proved himself in international management, the solution lay under their nose, writes Donal Lenihan.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Fearless Willie Duggan: The hardest man I played with

Hearing about the sudden passing of a former team-mate is always shocking. When the first of many texts started to arrive early yesterday, I was stunned. 

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