Donal Lenihan - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

DONAL LENIHAN: This will work wonders for Munster morale

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Different tournament, same drama. Munster are simply incapable of doing things the easy way.

Captain Peter O'Mahony leads the team in stretching exercises  at University of Limerick  yesterday ahead of their European Rugby Champions Cup clash with Sale Sharks.

DONAL LENIHAN: Munster must start with away win

With five Heineken Cup successes over a magical seven-year period between 2006 and 2012, European rugby had become a happy hunting ground for the Irish, writes Donal Lenihan.

BALL-WINNER: Peter O'Mahony practises his ball skills as the rest of the Munster squad  go through an exercise routine during training at University of Limerick yesterday.

DONAL LENIHAN: Vibrant clubs essential for Munster

Anthony Foley and his new management team face a host of challenges this season, not least drawing high-flying English Premiership and French Top 14 sides Saracens and Clermont Auvergne in the pool stage of the new European Champions Cup.

Anthony Foley

DONAL LENIHAN: Donal Lenihan casts an eye over what lies ahead for rugby fans in next 12 months

Fasten the seat-belt and take a firm grip of something solid, suggests Donal Lenihan.