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Donal Lenihan: My Life in Rugby
May 2017
Paperback

Donal Lenihan: My Life in Rugby
by Donal Lenihan

As player, manager, and pundit, Donal Lenihan has seen it all in the world of rugby - and done much of it too. A victorious captain of Munster Junior and Senior Schools, he went on to skipper the Ireland team at the inaugural Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 1987 and was a fixture in the second row for over a decade, winning two Triple Crowns and three Five Nations championships. Selected for three British & Irish Lions tours, he was famous for skippering the unbeaten side nicknamed 'Donal's Doughnuts', before taking charge of both Ireland and the Lions as manager.

From such a stellar position at the heart of the rugby world, Donal Lenihan has a wealth of stories to tell from both on and off the pitch, from raucous antics on tour to the sometimes difficult fellowship of players in a time of Troubles. He delves deeply into Cork and Munster culture and the influence on his career of his family. And as a much-respected analyst, Donal is also not short on voicing his opinion on the rights and wrongs of the modern game, and how the transition from the amateur to the professional era has affected the heart and soul of rugby.

Full of wit, insight and emotional sincerity, this is a rugby book for the ages by a sporting great.
Reviews

A true icon of Irish rugby.
 (Mail on Sunday)

Always a writer of authority, Lenihan tells his story in the careful, meticulous way that any readers of his columns will recognise. There's a steel to him that shines through here, whether dealing with the political situation in Ireland during his playing days or the dreadful tragedies that robbed him of two of his children at an early age.
 (Irish Times, Sports Books of the Year)

An enjoyable and engaging read... offers both a cold and affectionate eye on all aspects of the game.
Kieran Shannon (Irish Examiner)

Always a writer of authority, Lenihan tells his story in the careful, meticulous way that any readers of his columns will recognise. There's a steel to him that shines through here, whether dealing with the political situation in Ireland during his playing days or the dreadful tragedies that robbed him of two of his children at an early age.
 (Irish Times, Sports Books of the Year)

Full of wit, insight and emotional sincerity, this is a fine rugby book by a sporting great.
 (RTE Radio 1, Today Show)

Charts an epochal time in the game when it moved from amateur to professional and typically doesn’t pull his punches.
 (RTE Guide)

I wholeheartedly recommend it... a brilliant achievement.
Ger Gilroy (Newstalk, Off the Ball)

Particularly good on Ireland's Triple Crown teams of the 1980s, Lenihan is also revealing about his varied experiences with the Lions as player and manager.
 (Sunday Times, Sports Books of the Year)

Lenihan's eventful life makes a colourful read.
 (Rugby World, Book of the Month)

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