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Episodes

Ireland squad update, Gatland's mind games and Farrell’s starting XV?

1/30/2023
It’s opening week of the 2023 Six Nations and the Left Wing podcast is bringing you extra shows throughout the weeks of the championship. Every Monday we’ll bring you the latest squad updates and team-related news and this week Cian Tracey joins Sinéad Kissane with all the latest on the Ireland squad who are currently training in the Algarve. Cian and Sinéad go through the selection calls that Andy Farrell faces for Saturday’s opener with Wales. Warren Gatland was able to get under Joe...

Duration:00:20:58

The Joey Carbery decision, Champions Cup drama and rugby's drastic tackle change

1/24/2023
On the latest episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Cian Tracey to look back on the final round of Champions Cup pool games and to look ahead to the Six Nations. The Six Nations launch took place earlier this week, and Cian shares the insights he got from Ireland head coach Andy Farrell and captain Johnny Sexton. Farrell made a big call in dropping Joey Carbery from his Ireland squad - but was it the right one? The lads debate it. Munster's impressive...

Duration:01:02:07

Champions Cup Preview - the permutations & possibilities with Sinéad Kissane & Cian Tracey

1/20/2023
It’s the final round of pool games in the Champions Cup this weekend and Sinéad Kissane is joined by Cian Tracey on the latest Left Wing podcast to discuss the team news and possible permutations for the Irish provinces. On Saturday Leinster are at home to Racing looking to book a home tie in the next round and Ulster face Sale desperately trying to turn around their season. A win for Ulster will see them qualify. Meanwhile, on Sunday, Munster travel to Toulouse in what will be a daunting...

Duration:00:17:21

Ireland’s Six Nations Squad Announcement: Farrell’s shock decision to cut Joey Carbery

1/19/2023
Munster’s Joey Carbery has been axed from Ireland’s Six Nations squad which was announced by Andy Farrell today. Cian Tracey joins Sinéad Kissane on the Left Wing podcast to discuss the massive call by Farrell as well as the make-up of the rest of the squad. Leinster youngster Jamie Osborne is the only uncapped player included while Robbie Hanshaw misses out with his ongoing wrist issue. Overall, there are 20 Leinster players included, eight from Munster, five from Ulster and four from...

Duration:00:23:31

Andy Farrell's Six Nations dilemma, central contracts and the return of Eddie Jones

1/17/2023
On the latest episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Rúaidhrí O'Connor to look ahead to the Ireland Six Nations squad announcement and the final round of Champions Cup pool games. Andy Farrell has question marks over key veterans such as Conor Murray and Bundee Aki after the duo were left out in the cold last weekend - will the Ireland coach keep faith in the pair? The chat then turns to the IRFU's use of central contracts and whether it's the best route...

Duration:00:55:12

Murray dropped, Ringrose returns - Champions Cup preview with Sinéad Kissane & Rúaidhrí O’Connor

1/13/2023
Sinéad Kissane looks ahead to Round 3 of this weekend’s Champions Cup action with the Irish Independent’s Rúaidhrí O’Connor and the big news is that Conor Murray has been dropped from the Munster squad to face Northampton in Thomond Park. It’s a big call from coach Graham Rowntree who has picked Craig Casey to start and Paddy Patterson as back-up on the bench. Overall, there are nine changes to the team that beat the Lions last week. For Leinster, who face Gloucester at Kingsholm on...

Duration:00:19:36

Dan Sheehan's minutes, South African travel and should more players follow Ben Healy's lead?

1/10/2023
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 show kicks off with a discussion on the amount of minutes Dan Sheehan has played for Leinster and Ireland this year and whether it is better for players to be battle tested or well rested. The chat then turns towards the Champions Cup, and in particular the amount of travel the South African teams have to do in order to compete in the northern...

Duration:00:53:33

Johnny Sexton's injury, Irish Six Nations bolters and why size matters

1/3/2023
On the first episode of The Left Wing in 2023, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Rúaidhrí O'Connor to discuss all the latest rugby news. The lads kick off by discussing the injury to Johnny Sexton that could rule him out of at least the start of the Six Nations. Joey Carbery, Ross Byrne and Jack Crowley would all be in contention to start against Wales if Sexton misses out, and Luke thinks Byrne could be a good option. The chat then turns to how the provinces fared over the...

Duration:00:53:02

Leinster's demolition job, brittle Ulster and Munster's away day

12/21/2022
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald look back on the latest weekend of Champions Cup action. The lads kick things off looking back on Leinster's win over Gloucester and the decision of the English team to send over a massively weakened side to the RDS. Luke hopes the decision comes back to bite Gloucester and says Leinster won't have learned anything from the 57-0 win. The chat then moves on to Ulster's loss to La Rochelle and the decision for the game...

Duration:00:33:56

Champions Cup weekend preview with Sinéad Kissane & Rúaidhrí O’Connor

12/16/2022
It’s round two of the Champions Cup this weekend and Rúaidhrí O’Connor joins Sinéad Kissane on the latest Left Wing podcast to look ahead to the games involving the Irish provinces with all the latest team news. Leinster are going for two wins out of two when they play Gloucester at the RDS, Ulster are up against the defending champions La Rochelle in Belfast on Saturday evening – that’s ground permitting. And on Sunday lunchtime, Munster are away to Northampton Saints at Franklins Gardens,...

Duration:00:24:57

Leinster hit top form, atrocious Ulster and Munster's project continues

12/13/2022
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Jonathan Bradley to discuss the opening round of the Champions Cup. Ulster are the first team on the agenda after their embarrassing 39-0 defeat to Sale - Jonathan says it is the worst Ulster performance he has seen in eight years covering the team. However, Luke thinks that coach Dan McFarland can turn things around after what has been a tough few weeks for the squad. Leinster's emphatic win away to...

Duration:00:49:43

Sexton and Furlong out – Rúaidhrí O’Connor previews the Irish provinces’ chances in Europe this weekend

12/9/2022
The Irish provinces have named their teams for the opening weekend of European action and Rúaidhrí O’Connor joins Sinéad Kissane to preview Racing 92 v Leinster, Munster v Toulouse, Sale Sharks v Ulster and Connacht v Newcastle Falcons. Plus they also discuss the IRFU’s Women's Rugby in Ireland report that has been launched with the IRFU requiring an additional €1.4m per annum to implement their women’s rugby strategy. Will and Luke will be back on Wednesday for their in-depth review of the...

Duration:00:22:11

Champions Cup kick off, Eddie Jones' exit and Warren Gatland returns

12/6/2022
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 show kicks off with the news of Warren Gatland's return to Wales and Eddie Jones' sacking in England - is it too late before the World Cup for the two teams to bounce back or is this the boost they need? The lads then preview the Champions Cup, which kicks off this weekend - is this finally the year Leinster win back the European Cup? If you want to...

Duration:00:55:19

Crucial period for provinces, Leinster's centre dilemma and is it the end for Eddie Jones?

11/29/2022
On the latest episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Cian Tracey to assess where the Irish provinces stand heading into a crucial period of the season. After the drama of the November internationals, focus turns to the club game again and we have two big games this coming weekend - Leinster vs Ulster in a derby clash at the RDS, while Munster have a must-win trip to Edinburgh. The lads are in agreement that there is some positivity coming back into the...

Duration:00:58:35

Rating Ireland's November, Gregor Townsend vs Finn Russell and Ronan O'Gara to England?

11/22/2022
On the latest episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Rúaidhrí O’Connor to review the November internationals. The lads kick things off with a look back on Ireland's win over Australia before moving on to why the attack never really clicked during November. Johnny Sexton's absence often sees Ireland fail to hit their regular heights and Luke says the captain's unique skill-set is the reason why. Gregor Townsend's ongoing battle with Finn Russell, England's...

Duration:00:57:12

Exclusive: Josh van der Flier, Johnny Sexton and Andy Farrell from the World Rugby Awards

11/21/2022
With Josh van der Flier picking up the World Rugby Men's Player of the Year and Terry Kennedy the Men's Sevens Player of the Year to cap off an incredible 2022 for Irish rugby, Sinéad Kissane was in Monaco to hear from the winners and the other Irish nominees. On this episode of the Left Wing podcast, she speaks to van der Flier and Kennedy about their awards, as well as Johnny Sexton, Andy Farrell, Mack Hansen and Dan Sheehan on victory over South Africa. Plus you'll hear from Ruby Tui,...

Duration:00:19:50

Post-Match reaction to Ireland’s scrappy 13-10 win over Australia

11/19/2022
Cian Tracey joins Sinéad Kissane from the Aviva Stadium minutes after the final whistle with his post-match reaction to Ireland’s 13-10 victory over Australia. Ross Byrne was the hero with his match-winning penalty four minutes from time but without Johnny Sexton, it was a scrappy performance from Ireland, albeit a record-equalling 12th consecutive home victory. Sinéad will also have a special episode of the Left Wing on Monday from the World Rugby Awards where Johnny Sexton and Josh van der...

Duration:00:12:53

FIFA World Cup kick-off: Qatar questions and the runners and riders to win

11/18/2022
The Indo World Cup will preview every gameday of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The Irish Independent football team come together to discuss the potential winners, those who might struggle and the dark horses of the tournament.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:39:18

McCloskey keeps his place, Sexton returns – Rúaidhrí O’Connor on the Ireland team v Australia

11/17/2022
Andy Farrell has named the Ireland team to face Australia in the last of their Autumn internationals and Rúaidhrí O’Connor joins Will Slattery to analyse the starting XV and replacements and he doesn’t agree with the bookies giving Ireland a 13 point spread over the Wallabies. Sinéad Kissane and Cian Tracey will have another Left Wing podcast from the Aviva Stadium on Saturday after the final whistle, plus Will and Luke will have their usual in-depth analysis on the Left Wing on Wednesday....

Duration:00:16:02

Ireland's room for improvement, Jack Crowley's rise and Rassie loses the plot

11/15/2022
Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Cian Tracey to look back on Ireland's win over Fiji and look ahead to the clash against Australia. Andy Farrell didn't spare his players after the sloppy performance against Fiji and Cian says that the second-string could be waiting a while for another opportunity. The lads discuss the out-half picture after the injury to Joey Carbery and the promising display from Jack Crowley, while they also pay tribute to Josh van der Flier and Johnny...

Duration:00:46:50