DONAL LENIHAN: For Ireland's high achievers, eyes already turning towards NZ in November

“Wouldn’t it be great if it was like this all the time?”

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DONAL LENIHAN: Time for Ireland to turn linebreaks into points

Donal Lenihan looks at three areas Ireland need to master to win the series in Australia.

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DONAL LENIHAN: It’s never good being at the mercy of a ref’s personal interpretation

This delicately poised Test series in Australia represents the best possible preparation Ireland could have hoped for a year out from the World Cup, writes Donal Lenihan.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Still nagging concern that Ireland expend huge energy posting scores

It is the exhaustive work required to secure those points, with tries even harder to come by, that leave Ireland exposed, says Donal Lenihan.

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DONAL LENIHAN: With Sexton and Murray reunited Ireland must re-establish their mastery with the boot

Three key areas Ireland need to address to keep series alive, writes Donal Lenihan

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DONAL LENIHAN: Tadhg Beirne must come into the reckoning for Ireland in Melbourne

Kieran Marmion’s disallowed try right at the death marked a frustrating end to a frustrating day for Ireland in Brisbane.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Failure to cope with Wallaby wonders costs Ireland dear

This group of Irish players has made a habit of rewriting history over the course of the last few seasons, whether it has been beating New Zealand for the first time or recording a rare Grand Slam as they did in Twickenham back in March.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Ireland need to become ‘pooper scoopers’ at the breakdown

Donal Lenihan on why Ireland’s tour of Australia will be very different from those that have gone before.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Schmidt’s dilemma: Stick with Sexton or twist with Carbery

In a season that keeps on giving for Irish rugby, a series win against a major southern hemisphere superpower for the first time since 1979 would offer the perfect ending.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Anyone up to the challenge of lassooing Leinster?

In a PRO14 final of real quality, illuminated by nine smashing tries, Leinster turned on the class in their final appearance of the season to achieve what even their stellar side that dominated Europe between 2009 and 2012 found beyond them — a European and domestic double.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Testing summer awaits Munster and Johann van Graan

Taking and giving a five or 10-metre pass is a fundamental part of the game yet the skills required to deliver under pressure are often overlooked, writes Donal Lenihan.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Ignore the scoreline. Munster still have a long way to travel

The opposing mindsets coming into this game served to set the ground rules. Munster’s quest for silverware for the first time since 2011 stood in stark contrast to Leinster who were fresh and, in all probability, still recovering from parading their latest European conquest a short distance down the road in Donnybrook, only six days earlier, writes Donal Lenihan.

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