Donal Lenihan - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

DONAL LENIHAN: Stakes high as Joe Schmidt faces biggest decisions of his career

August 31 is a date that has loomed large in Joe Schmidt’s thought process for some time now.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Will Joe Schmidt wait for Cian Healy to heal?

As a learning exercise, Saturday’s fraught encounter against Scotland was far more beneficial for Ireland than the rather benign Welsh clash the previous week. Put it this way: Joe Schmidt will have gleaned much and identified far more ‘work-ons’ to keep him busy over the next fortnight.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Ireland winning the phoney war but real dangers down the line

A strange few days in many ways. New Zealand beaten for only the third time since lifting the 2011 World Cup, confirming you shouldn’t write off the Wallabies approaching next month’s global showpiece tournament.

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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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