What a finale. A compelling Test match, played at a breathtaking pace in an exhilarating atmosphere.More
Donal Lenihan breaks down three monumental challenges facing the Lions...More
Is Steve Hansen getting the best out of a world-class talent like Beauden Barrett? asks Donal Lenihan
After a hectic five weeks on the road and eight searching examinations to this point, the 2017 Lions tour reached the point of no return in the aptly named windy Wellington last Saturday night.More
Donal Lenihan looks at three key areas the Lions must address.More
There is nothing worse for a player, having to answer questions about a game that you had visualised playing in for months and yet find yourself surplus to requirements, writes Donal Lenihan.More
The opening test of a Lions series is a journey into the unknown. Everything the Lions coaching staff have done in the last five weeks, since the earliest arrivals introduced themselves for those pre-tour camps at the Vale of Glamorgan and Carton House, has been geared towards this moment.More
With little preparation time, the opening test of a Lions series can often be decided by poor selection.
Hard to believe that, given the incessant pre-tour hype that started out months in advance, this Lions tour has already passed the halfway point, with six games played.More
The one constant with Warren Gatland over the years is his ability to generate controversy. It is something that doesn’t bother him unduly, even if you can be assured of some tetchy press conferences over the days and weeks ahead.More
With four games played this Lions squad now fully appreciate the severity of the task ahead of them in the test series, writes Donal Lenihan.More
Tana Umaga, the centrepiece of one of the most contentious incidents in Lions history, wants to be the first New Zealand coach on this tour to claim a Lions scalp, and that will to win will continue everywhere the tourists travel, writes Donal Lenihan.More
For the financial viability of the international game in particular, there is far more riding on a competitive Lions series than many appreciate, writes Donal Lenihan.More
A chastening end to what has proved one of the most horrifically demanding and challenging seasons any group of players and management has ever had to endure.More
Across a season of 31 competitive games, Leinster registered 23 wins, a single draw and only seven defeats, writes Donal Lenihan.