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The Left Wing with Luke Fitzgerald has the best rugby analysis and exclusive interviews every week on Independent.ie. Former Ireland international Luke is joined by Independent.ie’s Will Slattery, as well as the biggest names in Irish rugby. Harnessing his in-depth knowledge from his playing days, Luke dissects how the provinces are performing week in, week out. And for all the international action, listen to the Left Wing for the best analysis and compelling chat about the Irish team.

The Left Wing with Luke Fitzgerald has the best rugby analysis and exclusive interviews every week on Independent.ie. Former Ireland international Luke is joined by Independent.ie’s Will Slattery, as well as the biggest names in Irish rugby. Harnessing his in-depth knowledge from his playing days, Luke dissects how the provinces are performing week in, week out. And for all the international action, listen to the Left Wing for the best analysis and compelling chat about the Irish team.

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The Left Wing with Luke Fitzgerald has the best rugby analysis and exclusive interviews every week on Independent.ie. Former Ireland international Luke is joined by Independent.ie’s Will Slattery, as well as the biggest names in Irish rugby. Harnessing his in-depth knowledge from his playing days, Luke dissects how the provinces are performing week in, week out. And for all the international action, listen to the Left Wing for the best analysis and compelling chat about the Irish team.

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English


Episodes

Ireland’s Six Nations squad, undercooked Leinster and Ulster’s European form

1/20/2022
On the latest episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Cian Tracey to go over all the latest rugby news. The lads kick off by discussing the Ireland Six Nations squad announcement, as Andy Farrell makes some interesting decisions. The chat then moves on to the Champions Cup action, starting with Leinster’s record-setting win over Montpellier - is there really anything they can learn from that? Connacht’s collapse against Leicester, Ulster’s exciting backline...

Duration:00:46:15

URC vs Premiership, a ‘Lions’ League and Johann van Graan’s interview

1/12/2022
On this week’s episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Gavin Mairs of The Daily Telegraph to discuss the landscape of English rugby after a tumultuous Covid year. First, Will and Luke discuss Munster vs Ulster and Johann van Graan’s short-term future. Then Gavin joins the lads and they chat about whether the English sides still value Europe and if the Premiership is as good as all the hype suggests. The prospect of a Lions League, the emergence of Harlequins...

Duration:00:53:55

Inter-pro disappointment, Leinster's layoff and the IRFU to-do list

1/5/2022
On the latest episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Rúaidhrí O'Connor to go over all the latest rugby news. After a Christmas period light on on-field action, there's only Connacht vs Munster to discuss - and none of the lads were impressed with the standard on show. While Andy Friend's side continue to build, Luke and Rud both have major questions about Munster's prospects of success after another game where their attack struggled. The lads then discuss...

Duration:00:52:31

Leinster's Covid Christmas, Ultan Dillane's decision and the return of Declan Kidney?

12/22/2021
On the last Left Wing of the year, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Rúaidhrí O'Connor to discuss all the latest rugby news. For the second year in a row, Munster's St Stephen's Day clash at home to Leinster has been shelved due to Covid - Rud gives a state of play in what is a messy situation for Leo Cullen's side. The lads then turn their attention to Munster's win over Castres, while Rud also puts forward Declan Kidney as a possible replacement for Johann van Graan. The chat...

Duration:00:56:32

Ronan O'Gara's big decision, Munster's young guns and the Jack Carty situation

12/15/2021
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Cian Tracey to pick through all the latest news. The lads start off with a discussion about Munster's future after the announcement that head coach Johann van Graan will leave at the end of the season - is it time for Ronan O'Gara to finally come home? On the pitch, Munster enjoyed a bumper win at Wasps last Sunday, with the young guns making a big step up and Luke thinks it is time for the younger...

Duration:01:04:28

Champions Cup preview - Leinster pressure, Munster's Covid challenge and the Leicester revival

12/8/2021
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined for a bumper Champions Cup preview by Cian Tracey. Will starts things off by asking Cian and Luke who the best team in Europe is right now - the consensus seems to be that it is between Toulouse and Leinster. For Leo Cullen's side, it is coming up to four years since they last won the Champions Cup - how much pressure is on Leinster to deliver? Cian thinks they have a power deficit to make up with the top...

Duration:00:49:25

Munster’s Covid Nightmare, Ulster’s big win and Connacht’s chance against Leinster

12/1/2021
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Rúaidhrí O'Connor and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by The Belfast Telegraph Rugby Correspondent Jonathan Bradley to talk about Munster's Covid-19 nightmare in South Africa, Ulster's big win at the RDS and Connacht's superb performance against Ospreys. With news that a large number of the Irish province's travelling party are expected to return home overnight, Luke and Jonathan assess the impact the episode will have on Munster's campaign and the season...

Duration:00:40:15

The November review - who is the best team in the world?

11/24/2021
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Ulster out-half Ian Madigan to look back at the autumn internationals. Ireland finished November with three impressive wins from three games, and Ian was very pleased to see how the team's style of play has developed. After discussing Ireland's win over Argentina, the lads move on to the big question after the autumn tests - who is the best team in the world? Luke and Ian are in agreement that despite...

Duration:00:52:02

Dominant, exciting and still room for improvement - why Ireland's win ticked all the boxes

11/17/2021
On the latest episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Cian Tracey and Ruaidhrí O'Connor to look back at Ireland's impressive win over the All Blacks. Will kicks off by asking Rud what his big take-away from the game is – and he was left very impressed by how dominant Andy Farrell's team were. Cian thinks the bravery with the ball-in-hand shown by Ireland was noteworthy while Luke was surprised by how poor New Zealand's handling was under pressure. Ireland's...

Duration:00:55:58

Expansive Ireland, the offloading debate and New Zealand's out-half battle

11/10/2021
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Cian Tracey and New Zealand rugby journalist Liam Napier to look ahead to Ireland vs the All Blacks. To start off, Will, Luke and Cian look back at the big win over Japan - how much can be read into Ireland's impressive victory? Ireland offloaded far more than in previous matches, but Luke has an interesting view on whether this represents a new departure for the team. Liam then joins the lads to give...

Duration:00:51:11

Assessing two years of Andy Farrell, Johnny Sexton's 100 and England question marks

11/3/2021
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Ruaidhrí O'Connor to look ahead to the autumn tests. We are at the midway point between World Cups, so how has Andy Farrell fared to date? Luke and Ruaidhri give their assessment of the positives and negatives of Farrell's tenure ahead of a crucial November period. Talk then turns to Ireland's schedule this month, starting with Japan, before the visit of the All Blacks and then Argentina. What would...

Duration:00:47:06

Ireland's World Cup target, Jack Carty's form and Leinster's hooker battle

10/27/2021
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Cian Tracey to discuss all the latest rugby news. The lads kick off by discussing Johnny Sexton's comments about Ireland's fresh approach to the World Cup, with the team now actively speaking about the tournament two years in advance. Is it a good idea or is there a danger that the pressure to finally deliver a World Cup semi-final place will build even more? The chat then moves onto Connacht's big win...

Duration:00:45:43

The return of Simon Zebo, the Ciaran Frawley dilemma and Ireland's problem area

10/21/2021
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Ruaidhrí O'Connor to pick through Andy Farrell's Ireland squad for the autumn series. Dan Sheehan and Ciaran Frawley are the two uncapped players named while there is a return for Simon Zebo after 4.5 years in international exile. Although Farrell has named a strong squad, will Ireland be undercooked with no big European games to prime the players for November? The lads also discuss the out-half...

Duration:00:46:27

Munster's injury misery, the state of Ulster rugby and the problem with a Club World Cup

10/13/2021
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Jonathan Bradley of The Belfast Telegraph to discuss all the latest rugby news. The lads kick off by asking Jonathan about the state of Ulster rugby as the province moves into their fourth year under head coach Dan McFarland. The signing of Duane Vermeulen, John Cooney's uncertain future and the emergence of Nathan Doak are all up for discussion. The chat then moves onto Munster and the rotten injury...

Duration:00:37:44

South Africa's stuttering start, Leinster's prop swap and world rugby in flux

10/6/2021
On the latest episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Cian Tracey to discuss all the latest rugby news. The lads kick off with a look at how the South African sides have fared over the opening two weekends of the URC. With seven defeats from eight, it has been a tough opening for the four new franchises and the lads discuss the challenges facing the quartet as they look to make their mark. It was a good weekend for the provinces with four wins from four, but...

Duration:00:38:02

The Post-Mortem on Irish Women’s Rugby & the URC kicks off

9/29/2021
The Left Wing is back for another season and Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined for the first episode by Ruaidhrí O'Connor and former Ireland international Alison Miller. The panel kick things off with a post-mortem of Ireland's failure to qualify for the Women's World Cup after a disastrous defeat to Scotland last weekend. Alison says that change is needed at the top of the sport to ensure women's rugby in Ireland can get back on its feet. The discussion then turns to the United...

Duration:00:40:12

Gatland's gamble, Murray misses out and why the Springboks have the edge

7/21/2021
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Ruaidhri O'Connor to discuss the Lions test team and look ahead to Saturday's clash with the Springboks. Warren Gatland has once again sprung a number of selection surprises, with Conor Murray forced to settle for a place on the bench after the head coach opted to start Scotland's Ali Price. The lads discuss all the key Irish selection decisions, with Tadhg Furlong, Jack Conan and Robbie Henshaw named to...

Duration:00:43:45

Day of chaos on Lions Tour, a bolter at 13 and mixed day out for Ireland

7/7/2021
On the latest episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Cian Tracey to discuss a crazy day on the Lions Tour. Two positive Covid cases - one in the coaching group and one in the playing squad - left the game against the Sharks in doubt, and although it ultimately went ahead, Warren Gatland was forced to rejig his team. With uncertainty surrounding the players who are currently isolating, the lads discuss the viability of the tour. Luke thinks that it should...

Duration:00:52:08

Gatland's surprise captain, the Saracens dilemma and should the Lions even be in South Africa?

6/30/2021
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by former Scotland international Jim Hamilton to discuss all the latest Lions news. The show kicks off with a discussion on whether the Lions should be travelling to South Africa at all given the Covid situation there, with the lads saying that sport can be an important tool to give people enjoyment during tough times. Then they move onto Warren Gatland's surprise decision to make Conor Murray the Lions...

Duration:00:50:35

Sevens heaven - how Ireland went from third division in Bosnia to Tokyo Olympics

6/23/2021
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald discuss Warren Gatland's first Lions selection and are joined by Sevens stars Billy Dardis and Harry McNulty to discuss Ireland's historic Olympic qualification. The lads kick off the podcast by talking about what a good performance against Japan this weekend could mean for the Lions' Irish contingent, and about how important it is to get off to a strong start on tour. Will and Luke are then joined by Billy and Harry,...

Duration:00:51:46