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The Left Wing with Luke Fitzgerald is Ireland’s brand new rugby podcast bringing you the best analysis and exclusive interviews every week on Independent.ie Former Ireland international Luke will be joined by Independent.ie’s Will Slattery, as well as the biggest names in Irish rugby. Luke will harness his in-depth knowledge from his playing days as he 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 Joe Schmidt’s Ireland.

The Left Wing with Luke Fitzgerald is Ireland’s brand new rugby podcast bringing you the best analysis and exclusive interviews every week on Independent.ie Former Ireland international Luke will be joined by Independent.ie’s Will Slattery, as well as the biggest names in Irish rugby. Luke will harness his in-depth knowledge from his playing days as he 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 Joe Schmidt’s Ireland.
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The Left Wing with Luke Fitzgerald is Ireland’s brand new rugby podcast bringing you the best analysis and exclusive interviews every week on Independent.ie Former Ireland international Luke will be joined by Independent.ie’s Will Slattery, as well as the biggest names in Irish rugby. Luke will harness his in-depth knowledge from his playing days as he 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 Joe Schmidt’s Ireland.

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Episodes

Leinster show steel in Glasgow, Heineken Cup final reunion and Ireland's summer check-list

5/30/2019
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Alan Quinlan to review the 2018/19 season. Leinster saw off Glasgow in a tight PRO14 final last Saturday and Alan was impressed by the steel showed by Leinster to dig out the win. He also say that it was a very positive season for Leinster but Luke thinks the team has a lot to work on after the defeat by Saracens in the Champions Cup final. For Munster, there has been a lot of upheaval behind the scenes...

Duration:00:50:33

Leinster's succession plan, Munster's missing piece and the art of contract negotiations

5/21/2019
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald look ahead to the PRO 14 final and discuss last weekend's semi-final. The lads start off by discussing Glasgow's comprehensive win over Ulster, and Luke asks why Ulster haven't been able to get over the line and win a trophy in the last ten years. Leinster vs Munster turned out to be one-sided on the scoreboard and Luke thinks Munster are missing one play-maker in the backline to really take the next step. For...

Duration:00:46:16

Where Leinster went wrong, Saracens power and looking ahead to RDS showdown

5/14/2019
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Cian Tracey to discuss the Champions Cup final. Saracens clinched a third European crown in four seasons after seeing off Leinster, producing a powerful performance to run out 20-10 winners. The lads start by discussing one of the game's pivotal moments - Leinster's decision not to kick the ball out at the end of the first half. Luke thinks too much has been made of Luke McGrath's decision and that the...

Duration:00:51:25

Champions Cup final preview - What Leinster must do to overcome Saracens

5/6/2019
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald preview the Champions Cup final with Cian Tracey and Ruaidhri O'Connor of the Irish Independent. Leinster vs Saracens is the dream final match-up, pitting last year's winners against the side who won back-to-back European crowns in 2016 and 2017. Leinster got the better of the English giants in the quarter-final last year en route to glory but Saracens are fully fit and firing on all cylinders ahead of this weekend's...

Duration:00:54:18

Munster's trophy ambitions, Leinster's underrated young gun and why mid-week games could work

4/30/2019
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald discuss the PRO 14 knock-out stage and Munster's trophy ambitions. Johann van Graan's men take on Benetton in the PRO 14 quarter-final as they look to win their first trophy since the 2011 league title, with an away semi-final against Leinster awaiting them if they prevail. Luke thinks Munster are lacking an X-Factor star in the backline like Leinster's James Lowe, but says that he still fancies them to win the PRO...

Duration:00:45:20

Jack Conan on Toulouse win, Leinster's drive for five and his rugby journey

4/23/2019
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined in studio by Leinster back row Jack Conan to discuss the Champions Cup semi-final win over Toulouse and much more. Conan played a key role as Leo Cullen's men booked their place in the Champions Cup final in Newcastle, and the big number eight takes us inside the Leinster set-up as he explains how the team got the job done at the Aviva Stadium. The lads also look ahead to the mouthwatering clash between...

Duration:00:53:45

The James Lowe dilemma, Munster's tough task and Croke Park classic revisited

4/16/2019
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Munster and Ireland legend Denis Leamy to preview the Champions Cup semi-finals. Munster are looking to qualify for their first European Cup final since 2008 as they face Saracens at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Johann van Graan's men are underdogs for the final four clash but Leamy thinks that Munster can produce a famous win. For Leinster, Leo Cullen must decide which two players to select from James...

Duration:00:58:57

Ireland 7s qualify for World Series, PRO14 heats up and the Champions Cup looms large

4/9/2019
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Cian Tracey fills the sizeable boots of Will Slattery, and he is joined by Luke Fitzgerald ahead of another busy week. Ireland Sevens made history by qualifying for the World Series for the first time and Luke believes having another avenue for players can only benefit Irish Rugby. Connacht face a season defining game against Cardiff and Luke and Cian discuss how securing Champions Cup rugby is the next stage of the Westerners' development. The lads analyse Munster's back-three options. Luke...

Duration:00:56:27

Jacob Stockdale's finishing, Jack McGrath goes north and the future of the breakdown

4/2/2019
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined on the line by Tommy Bowe to discuss a cracking weekend of European rugby. Leinster pipped Ulster in an enthralling quarter-final tie at the Aviva Stadium, and Bowe thinks that the northern province have a lot to be positive about despite the defeat. As former international wings, Fitzgerald and Bowe are well placed to discuss Jacob Stockdale's error in the act of finishing, and both think that the Ulster...

Duration:00:57:57

Champions Cup Quarter Finals Preview, Paul O'Connell's coaching future and Bloodgate remembered

3/26/2019
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The Champions Cup is back after the post-traumatic stress suffered from the Six Nations campaign and with all four provinces in action this weekend there’s a lot to look forward to with Will Slattery, Cian Tracey and Luke Fitzgerald previewing all the action on this week's episode. The inter-pro tie between Leinster and Ulster is the pick of the quarter finals while the panel reckons Edinburgh v Munster will also be a tight game with Edinburgh’s own Scottish internationals coming back buoyed...

Duration:01:01:30

Why we all need to keep believing and how Joe Schmidt will figure this one out

3/19/2019
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It may have been a disappointing Six Nations campaign but on this week’s Left Wing podcast, Luke Fitzgerald believes everyone should just calm down and catch themselves on. The panel of Will Slattery, Cian Tracey and Luke discuss the fall-out from the defeat to Wales and the criticism being levelled at the coach and players “Things aren’t that bad,” says Luke. “We still have the best coach in the world and none of these players have gone bad overnight. This will have hurt Joe but now is not...

Duration:00:54:11

'An absolute war of a game' as we approach the end of an era

3/12/2019
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It’s the end of an era as Ireland face Wales in Cardiff this Saturday. In the last Six Nations game for both Joe Schmidt and Warren Gatland, the winner decides who has the best head-to-head record against each other and Luke Fitzgerald believes the game is going to be ‘an absolute war’. Plenty to look forward to then, even if it’s unlikely that Ireland will retain their Six Nations title, and Irish Independent’s rugby correspondent, Ruaidhri O’Connor joined Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery...

Duration:00:53:37

Ire v France preview, criticism of Johnny Sexton and Bernard Jackman on life after the Dragons

3/5/2019
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Bernard Jackman joins Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery on this week’s Left Wing to preview Ireland’s Six Nations clash against France, plus Jackman discusses life after the Dragons, and why Welsh rugby is in turmoil over Project Reset, Luke gives his thoughts on the criticism of Johnny Sexton’s outbursts and why he believes the player needs to ‘take it down slightly’. “I’m uneasy about someone as smart as he is and as good as he is that he’s unable to slightly change it. Take it down...

Duration:00:53:51

'The lads need to go for a few drinks and relax a bit’ Trying too hard and unrealistic expectations

2/26/2019
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Are Ireland really as bad as some pundits are making them out to be or have expectations for Irish rugby just risen to insane heights? Luke Fitzgerald, Will Slattery and Cian Tracey review Ireland’s first three games in the Six Nations and wonder if the glass is half-full or half empty. “This isn’t the time for an overhaul,” believes Luke. “But it is time to think about the basics that have been the bedrock of this team. The players are wanting it too much at the moment and look a bit tense...

Duration:00:55:41

Exclusive: Paul O'Connell on Ireland's World Cup chances, the Six Nations and coaching in France

2/19/2019
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In a Left-Wing podcast exclusive, Ireland legend, Paul O'Connell, joined Will and Luke to talk all things rugby. The former Ireland captain opened up on the challenges of coaching in France with Stade Francais, recalled his memories of winning the 2015 Six Nations and the impact it had in the lead up to the World Cup later that year, and says why he wouldn't make wholesale changes for the next Six Nations clash against Italy. For more from the Left Wing podcast visit...

Duration:00:45:54

Ireland waiting to hit top form and Luke McGrath on what he has learned at Leinster

2/12/2019
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald and joined in studio by Leinster and Ireland scrum-half Luke McGrath to discuss his career to date. McGrath made his Leinster debut as a 19-year-old back in 2012, and is now one of the senior players. The former St Michael's College pupil opens up on his rise through the ranks, having captained his home province from an early age. McGrath is currently sidelined with a knee injury but is hoping to be back in early...

Duration:00:47:35

Who cares about the Six Nations? This is about the World Cup

2/5/2019
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The mood may have been sombre in the aftermath of the comprehensive defeat to England in the Six Nations at the weekend, but for Luke Fitzgerald, it's about looking to the bigger picture. "This is not the end of the world. Everyone just calm down. Let's for once in our lives say it’s about the World Cup," Luke told Will Slattery and Cian Tracey on this week's episode of the Left Wing. "Who cares about the Six Nations? We have a chance to do something special with this team in the World Cup."...

Duration:03:09:27

Six Nations Preview: Ireland's chances, Eddie Jones pressure and Wales decider?

1/29/2019
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It’s Joe Schmidt’s last Six Nations with Ireland and he’s sure to want to go out on a winning note, but should one eye be on the World Cup and our chances there? On this week’s Left Wing podcast, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Irish Independent Rugby Correspondent, Ruaidhri O’Connor, and outspoken columnist, Neil Francis, to look ahead to Ireland’s opening clash against England as well our chances of winning the tournament overall. Plus, former Irish international, Fiona...

Duration:01:03:10

Bonus Ep: Schools Rugby Preview

1/25/2019
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The Six Nations may be fast approaching, but so are the Schools Rugby cup competitions and in a special bonus episode on the Left Wing, Tony Ward joins Will and Luke to preview this year's Schools Rugby with a special supplement appearing in Saturday's Irish Independent. The usual suspects - Blackrock and St. Michaels - are the favourites once again, but Belvedere and Clongowes can never be discounted, while the stand-out tie for the weekend opening fixtures has to be Terenure v St. Marys....

Duration:00:22:45

Ian Madigan on life in the Premiership, Ireland hopes and another bumper European weekend

1/22/2019
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Ian Madigan to discuss his first season in the Premiership with Bristol. Madigan joined Bristol in 2017 and won promotion to the top flight after a year in the Championship. Madigan opens up on the challenges and excitement of playing Premiership rugby, as well as talking about how the Bristol project is developing under Pat Lam. Madigan also discusses his hopes of an Ireland recall as well as the...

Duration:00:56:36