DONAL LENIHAN: France have collapsed into a shambolic, disorganised rabble

The French federation is guilty of dereliction of duty for the manner with which they have allowed their national team become an object of ridicule, says Donal Lenihan ...

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DONAL LENIHAN: Ireland shaken and stirred but still standing

Quite what impact Saturday’s Murrayfield result has on the next time Ireland meet Scotland in September’s key opening World Cup pool game in Yokohama ...

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DONAL LENIHAN: Scrum must force Scotland into making difficult decisions

Our rugby analyst Donal Lenihan focuses on the three key challenges Ireland must master today in Edinburgh

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DONAL LENIHAN: Out-thought and out-fought: Next time Ireland must be ready for the perfect storm

Some of the reaction to Ireland’s defeat by England last weekend has been crazy, writes Donal Lenihan.

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DONAL LENIHAN: An accident waiting to happen for Ireland

When Ireland last fielded their front line troops at the Aviva Stadium, against New Zealand in November, the rapturous response from players and fans alike at the ...

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DONAL LENIHAN: Ryan v Itoje: The beginning of an enthralling rivalry

Tactical analysis: Three fascinating head-to-heads that will shape the narrative at the Aviva Stadium.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Spring statements: Six Nations championship littered with internationals desperate to deliver

From fighting off rivals for their jersey to fighting injury, the Six Nations championship is littered with internationals desperate to deliver.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Even in January, thoughts are already turning towards Japan

In recent years, the drama and gripping competitiveness on offer throughout the final two rounds of Champions Cup action meant the Six Nations championship crept ...

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DONAL LENIHAN: A case for bringing Munster Rugby to Páirc Uí Chaoimh

For the second season in a row, the prospect of a first-ever Heineken Champions Cup final between Munster and Leinster remains a live prospect with the provinces ...

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DONAL LENIHAN: Not pretty to watch but so sweet to win for Munster

The journey continues for all the Irish provinces after another pulsating weekend of European action.

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