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The biggest stories in Irish rugby with our team of writers and experts, including Rúaidhrí O'Connor, Cian Tracey, Will Slattery, Sineád Kissane and Luke Fitzgerald. From breaking news to in-depth analysis, expert opinion and post-match comment we have every position covered. From in-depth analysis to team news and post-match analysis we have every position covered.

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Ireland

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The biggest stories in Irish rugby with our team of writers and experts, including Rúaidhrí O'Connor, Cian Tracey, Will Slattery, Sineád Kissane and Luke Fitzgerald. From breaking news to in-depth analysis, expert opinion and post-match comment we have every position covered. From in-depth analysis to team news and post-match analysis we have every position covered.

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English


Episodes

Ireland's dominance, France's implosion and Italy's near miss

2/27/2024
Rúaidhrí O'Connor, Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery assess Ireland's dominant start to the Six Nations on the latest episode of The Left Wing podcast. The lack of a World Cup hangover, navigating the post-Johnny Sexton era and a stingy defence have all been impressive hallmarks of Ireland's three bonus-point victories to date. There are two games to go but already it looks like another Grand Slam is on the cards for Ireland. France's implosion, Italy's near miss and the latest crisis in Ulster are all up for discussion too.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:01:14:19

The post-match analysis after Ireland’s 31-7 win over Wales

2/24/2024
Ireland have made it three bonus point wins in a row in the 2024 Six Nations. Andy Farrell’s team beat Wales 31-7 at the Aviva stadium and Rúaidhrí O’Connor and Cian Tracey joined Sinéad Kissane after the game to discuss the big talking points from Ireland’s win. And don’t forget to join Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery on Wednesday for their in-depth analysis of Ireland’s win.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:25:44

Frawley’s big opportunity and previewing Ireland v Wales

2/22/2024
Ciarán Frawley has been named at full-back in the Ireland team to play Wales in the Six Nations on Saturday at the Aviva stadium. The rest of the team is the same as the one that started the opening round win over France in Marseille while the uncapped Oli Jager is on the bench. Rúaidhrí O'Connor and Cian Tracey join Sinéad Kissane on The Left Wing to discuss the big talking points of Farrell's team selection. Join Sinéad, Rúaidhrí and Cian again on Saturday after the final whistle when they will give their thoughts and post-match analysis on the game.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:32:58

Impressive Ireland, Aviva atmosphere and the Welsh decline

2/20/2024
Ireland's clash with Wales on Saturday is the main topic of discussion on the latest episode of The Left Wing podcast. Jonathan Bradley joins Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery to look forward to round three of the Six Nations and pick through the major talking points ahead of the Ireland team announcement. The lads also discuss Ireland's formidable record at the Aviva Stadium despite criticism of the atmosphere, and chat about Ulster's latest defeat to the Ospreys.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:01:03:28

Exclusive: Andrew Porter and how he questioned his future in the game after World Cup exit

2/16/2024
On the latest Left Wing, Ireland and Leinster prop Andrew Porter joined Sinéad Kissane in studio where he spoke openly about his self-doubt and his questions over whether he was cut out for professional rugby after he returned home from Ireland’s World Cup exit last October. Porter - an ambassador for the Irish Cancer Society - talked about the help he got from coaches to help him recover as Ireland look to make it back to back Grand Slams in the Six Nations.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:36:33

Ireland's fullback question, Jack Crowley's form and TMO controversy

2/13/2024
Hugo Keenan's replacement at fullback is a big topic of discussion on the latest episode of The Left Wing. Cian Tracey joins Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery to go over all the main talking points after round two of the Six Nations. Jack Crowley's performance, the major TMO controversy and the standard of this year's competition are all on the agenda.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:53:51

Crowley’s future & Grand Slam beckons?

2/12/2024
Ireland recorded their second consecutive bonus point win in the 2024 Six Nations scoring six tries - including a brace from Dan Sheehan and a first ever international try from Jack Crowley - in a 36-0 over Italy. Rúaidhrí O’Connor and Cian Tracey joined Sinéad Kissane after the game at the Aviva Stadium to discuss the performance whilst we also get the views of Andy Farrell, captain Caelan Doris and man of the match James Lowe. Don’t forget to join Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery for their weekly deep-dive on Wednesday.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:36:39

Caelan Doris named captain with six changes to Ireland team to face Italy

2/9/2024
Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has made six changes to the team that started the record-breaking win over France and he's selected Caelan Doris as captain for Sunday's Six Nations game with Italy at the Aviva stadium. Some of the changes to the team were injury-enforced. On today's episode of the Left Wing, Rúaidhrí O'Connor and Cian Tracey join Sinéad Kissane to go through all the big talking points from Farrell's selection. Join us again after the final whistle on Sunday when Sinéad, Rúaidhrí and Cian will be back with their post-match show.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:35:50

Ireland's big win, questions for France and Scotland's collapse

2/6/2024
Luke Fitzgerald, Cian Tracey and Will Slattery break down Ireland's record-setting win over France on the latest episode of The Left Wing. Andy Farrell's men were ruthless in Marseille on Friday night and the lads pick out a number of areas where they felt Ireland got the upper hand. Luke and Cian heap praise on the Irish attack and say that France head coach Fabien Galthié faces serious questions after an awful performance. Scotland's near-collapse against Wales, England's win over Italy and Ireland's latest U-20 triumph are all up for discussion too. Join The Left Wing again on Friday for our team news episode as well as the post-match special on Sunday with Sinéad, Rúaidhrí and Cian.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:01:07:16

A record-breaking night in Marseille – the post-match analysis & reaction

2/3/2024
Ireland produced their best ever victory in France with a stunning 38-17 win over Les Bleus in the opening game of the 2024 Six Nations in Marseille. Andy Farrell's team scored five tries with Joe McCarthy producing a man of the match performance. Rúaidhrí O'Connor and Cian Tracey joined Sinéad Kissane after the game at the Stade Velodrome to reflect on one of the all-time great Six Nations displays from an Irish team.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:21:39

Peter O’Mahony and the final build-up to France v Ireland

2/1/2024
Today's Left Wing podcast comes to you from inside the Stade Velodrome on the eve of Ireland's Six Nations opener against France in Marseille. Sinéad Kissane and Rúaidhrí O'Connor were at the captains’ run and Peter O'Mahony's press conference today for the final build-up to a game that's been billed as the championship decider. Join us again on Friday after the final whistle when Sinéad, Rúaidhrí and Cian Tracey will be giving their thoughts on the game.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:22:40

Ireland team news - McCarthy & Nash start, 6/2 split on the bench

1/31/2024
The Ireland team to play France in Friday's Six Nations opener in Marseille has been named. On today's episode of the Left Wing podcast, Rúaidhrí O'Connor joins Sinéad Kissane from Ireland's pre-Six Nations base in Portugal before they leave for France to discuss the big talking points of Andy Farrell's selection, including starts for Joe McCarthy and Calvin Nash, Garry Ringrose's absence through injury, Crowley’s start at outhalf and the 6/2 forwards/backs split on the bench. Join us again on Thursday when Sinéad and Rúaidhrí will be back with more news and updates from the Ireland and France camps.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:18:38

Six Nations Special: Ronan O'Gara on France vs Ireland and Jack Crowley's potential

1/30/2024
Ronan O'Gara breaks down France vs Ireland on the latest episode of The Left Wing ahead of Friday's Six Nations showdown. The La Rochelle head coach joined Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery to look ahead to the blockbuster opening game as well as delve into his coaching journey in France. Luke and Will then preview the Six Nations along with Jonathan Bradley, starting with whether Ireland will suffer from a World Cup hangover. England's dark horse potential, Ireland's out-half situation and the lads' Six Nations predictions are all on the agenda too. Join us again on Wednesday and Thursday as we bring you new episodes with the latest from the Ireland and France team camps.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:01:09:56

Champions Cup drama, Joe Schmidt to Australia and red card controversy

1/23/2024
The final round of the Champions Cup pool stage and round of 16 ties are up for discussion on the latest episode of The Left Wing podcast. Jonathan Bradley joins Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery to pick through Ulster's heavy defeat to Harlequins and to assess whether the northern province is better off in the Challenge Cup. Munster's collapse against Northampton, Leinster's win in Leicester and Joe Schmidt's move to Australia are all on the agenda too, and the lads give their moment of the week in association with Bank of Ireland.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:55:06

Six Nations launch, Peter O’Mahony on Ireland captaincy and Andy Farrell on preparing for France

1/22/2024
The launch of the 2024 Six Nations took place at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin today. Rúaidhrí O'Connor and Dave Kelly joined Sinéad Kissane on the Left Wing podcast to discuss the big talking points of the day as Peter O'Mahony spoke for the first time since he was announced as Ireland captain. And head coach Andy Farrell discussed the debrief he'll have with the squad at Carton House as Ireland get ready for the opening game of their Grand Slam defence against France in Marseille on Friday week. Join the Left Wing again on Tuesday as Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery give their weekly deep dive on the main rugby stories.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:29:26

Team news & previews ahead of the final Champions Cup pool games

1/19/2024
It's the final weekend of pool games in the Champions Cup and on today's episode of the Left Wing podcast, Rúaidhrí O'Connor joins Sinéad Kissane to go through the team announcements from the provinces including the selection of the fit-again Harry Byrne at outhalf for Leinster against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road. Munster host Northampton at Thomond Park, Ulster are away to Harlequins - all on Saturday - while Connacht play Bristol on Friday. Rúaidhrí also discusses the confirmation today that former Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt will take over from Eddie Jones as the head coach of the Wallabies. We’ll be back on Monday for a special episode from the Six Nations launch in Dublin so do join us then.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:20:41

Ireland’s new captain and Six Nations squad analysed

1/17/2024
With Peter O'Mahony named as the new Ireland captain for the 2024 Six Nations and Andy Farrell naming the 34-man squad for the upcoming tournament, Rúaidhrí O'Connor and Cian Tracey join Sinéad Kissane on the latest Left Wing to talk about O'Mahony's promotion and the squad make-up. They also discuss the players who've missed out on selection in Farrell's squad and the likely make-up of the team to play France in the opening game in Marseille in just over two weeks’ time. And join us again on Friday for our special Champions Cup team news episode.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:26:06

Peter O'Mahony's contract, Ulster's no-show and Connacht vs the IRFU

1/16/2024
Munster's big win, Ulster's collapse and all the Champions Cup talking points were up for discussion on the latest episode of The Left Wing with Luke Fitzgerald and Cian Tracey joining Will Slattery. Jack Crowley's man of the match performance helped Munster beat Toulon and Cian says it was ideal preparation for Ireland's Six Nations opener against France. The lads then discuss Peter O'Mahony's future as his contract discussions drag on. Leo Cullen's future, Ulster's heavy defeat to Toulouse and Bundee Aki and Finlay Bealham being unavailable for Connacht are all up for discussion too. Join us again during the week when Rúaidhrí O’Connor and Cian Tracey join Sinéad Kissane to discuss the Ireland Six Nations squad that is being named.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:01:15:29

It’s time to bring on the French - the Champions Cup Preview

1/12/2024
A big weekend of Champions Cup action is coming up with all four provinces taking on French opposition in round three. Munster have Peter O'Mahony back for their trip to Toulon while James Lowe and Tadhg Furlong returns for Leinster who have Ciaran Frawley starting at 10 for the visit of Stade Francais at the Aviva stadium. Ulster are in one of the games of the weekend as they welcome Toulouse while Connacht are away in Lyon. Cian Tracey joins Sinéad Kissane to discuss all the big talking points ahead of a huge weekend in the competition. Don’t forget, Luke Fitzgerald joins Will Slattery on next Tuesday’s episode for their weekly in-depth discussion of the week’s rugby stories.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:33:49

Ireland's new captain, Garry Ringrose on the wing and should Andy Farrell coach the Lions?

1/9/2024
The identity of Ireland's new captain is up for debate on the latest episode of the Left Wing. Luke Fitzgerald, Rúaidhrí O'Connor and Will Slattery go through all the candidates ahead of next week's announcement, and also discuss who might make the cut for the Six Nations squad. Andy Farrell is set to be named Lions head coach later this week, but is it good for Irish rugby if he takes a sabbatical to do it? The lads finish things up with a look ahead to round three of the Champions Cup this weekend. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:01:09:04