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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

Ian Madigan on out-half play and why Johnny Sexton should be World Player of the Year

6/26/2018
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On the last Left Wing of the season, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Bristol out-half Ian Madigan to recap Ireland's series win over Australia and much more. Madigan has already done his firs t block of pre-season training with Bristol and is relishing a crack at the Aviva Premiership this year. He tells the lads how the team is getting on, the new signings he is excited about and the impact John Muldoon has made already as the defence coach. Madigan also delves into the...

Duration:01:07:38

Fergus McFadden on Leinster's historic season and Grand Slam glory

6/19/2018
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Leinster and Ireland wing Fergus McFadden to discuss a historic season for Irish rugby. McFadden was part of a Leinster side that won a fourth European Cup, and he looks back on a memorable personal campaign that saw him return to top form. The veteran back also played a part in Ireland's Grand Slam triumph, and McFadden also discusses the impact Stuart Lancaster has made at Leinster as well Leo...

Duration:00:57:39

Joe Schmidt's selection policy, the Sean Cronin mystery and the All Blacks get away with one

6/12/2018
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Irish Independent rugby correspondent Cian Tracey to discuss the opening weekend of the summer tests. Ireland came up short against Australia in Brisbane, and the lads break down where Joe Schmidt's men went wrong. Luke thinks that Schmidt has to make a number of changes for the second test - but still expects Australia to sneak it. The lads discuss the possible new faces in the team for Saturday, as...

Duration:01:01:46

Simon Zebo on his Paris adventure, World Cup prospects and Munster memories

6/5/2018
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Simon Zebo to discuss his imminent move to Paris to play for Racing 92. Simon explains why he decided to leave Munster and make the move to the Top 14, and how much he is looking forward to playing with one of Europe's best teams. Despite being dropped by Joe Schmidt after the move was announced, Zebo is still holding out hope of making the World Cup squad, although he hasn't spoken to the Ireland head...

Duration:00:37:30

Isa Nacewa on wining the double, why he came back to Leinster and post-rugby plans

5/31/2018
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Leinster legend Isa Nacewa to reflect on his remarkable career. After achieving a Champions Cup/PRO 14 double in his last season as a rugby player, Nacewa reveals his plans for the future as he prepares to return home to New Zealand. Fitzgerald discusses the qualities that made the Kiwi so indispensable to Leinster while Nacewa looks back on how Michael Cheika flew to New Zealand to convince him to...

Duration:00:40:28

Conor Murray on his Munster ambitions, Sexton partnership and whether he would move abroad

5/22/2018
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Munster and Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray to discuss his eventful season and his career to date. Murray talks about breaking into the Ireland team unexpectedly at just 22, and how he was able to rise up the levels while taking things in his stride. The number nine has formed a formidable partnership with Johnny Sexton and he gives an interesting insight into their on-pitch relationship and how it...

Duration:00:57:22

Future is bright for Leinster and a must-win game for Munster

5/16/2018
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Irish Independent rugby correspondent Cian Tracey to recap Leinster's Champions Cup final win against Racing 92. Leo Cullen's side sealed a fourth European Cup win, and Luke reflects on what it was like watching his former team win the trophy for the first time without him. The lads discuss the reasons why the future is bright for Leinster, from James Ryan's emergence to their massive strength in...

Duration:01:00:01

Bryan Habana on his Toulon experience, retirement and the toughest moments of his career

5/1/2018
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by recently retired Springboks legend Bryan Habana. Habana has won almost every single honour in the game but the lads start out by asking about one particular part of his CV - his losing record against Ireland! Luke and Bryan both played in the famous Lions test series in 2009, and Bryan explains why those games were so important to him in his career. He also reflects on the most important coach he had...

Duration:00:57:56

Damian Browne on the highs and lows of his epic 4,800km row across the Atlantic

4/17/2018
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by former Leinster and Connacht second row Damien Browne to discuss his epic 4,800km solo row across the Atlantic ocean. Damian set off from the Canary Islands and 63 days later set foot on dry land in Antigua. He tells Luke and Will of the tough fitness regime he underwent to prepare for his marathon feat, and how his first day turned into a disaster. He also reveals the mental and physical struggles of...

Duration:00:54:14

Keith Earls on Grand Slam glory and the changes he made to produce his best form

4/11/2018
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Ireland and Munster star Keith Earls to discuss Ireland's Grand Slam win and his scintillating form. Luke and Keith discuss what it is like working under Joe Schmidt, with Earls describing the impact the Ireland boss has had on his career. Earls also opens up on how he struggled for confidence early in his career, his recent surge in form and how he decided to focus on his strengths rather than his...

Duration:00:50:54

Dan Leavy on his breakout season plus Munster's latest miracle

4/3/2018
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined in studio by Leinster and Ireland flanker Dan Leavy to discuss his season to date. Leavy won Man of the Match against Saracens last Sunday and he discusses his brilliant performance - as well as his excellent inter-play with James Ryan that led to a try. Leavey also reveals that he didn't always think he would make it as a rugby player when in school. The Leinster star also talks about Ireland's recent...

Duration:00:54:07

Champions Cup preview - Leinster's blockbuster battle and Munster's toughest test

3/27/2018
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined in studio by Irish Independent rugby correspondent Cian Tracey to preview this weekend's Champions Cup quarter-finals. Leinster vs Saracens and Munster vs Toulon headline the quarter-final line-up, and the lads feel that it will take two huge performances to see both Irish teams into the semi-finals. Injuries will be key for both Leinster and Munster, as the provinces sweat on the fitness of key players,...

Duration:00:55:50

Luke Fitzgerald, Robbie Henshaw and Scott Fardy on Ireland’s Grand Slam chances

3/14/2018
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On this week’s episode of The Left Wing, live from Kennedy’s Pub, Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery are joined by Robbie Henshaw and Scott Fardy to preview England vs Ireland. Robbie discusses the impact Bundee Aki has made in the championship while playing with three different centre partners while Scott discuses the evolution of 21-year-old second row James Ryan. Luke assess’ whether Eddie Jones can turn things around while the panel react to the Australian’s ‘scummy’ comment.

Duration:00:53:51

Luke and David Wallace on what it takes to win the Grand Slam and 2009 Cardiff memories

3/7/2018
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery are joined by David Wallace to look back on Ireland's Grand Slam-winning season of 2009. Wallace had been in the team for a number of years and had come up just short of glory, with Declan Kidney then steering Ireland to Six Nations success in his first season in charge. Luke was just starting his international career, and remembers the famous training camp where Rob Kearney stood up to challenge the squad ahead of...

Duration:00:55:39

Ian Madigan on dealing with setbacks, the importance of sports psychology and his future plans

2/21/2018
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Bristol out-half and former Leinster star Ian Madigan. Ian talks about the importance of sports psychology to his preparation, and in particular how it helps him in dealing with the pressures of goal-kicking. The lads also discuss how Ian is getting on in Bristol, as well as how it feels to watch the Ireland team play in the Six Nations now that he is no longer a part of it. Also, Will and Luke go...

Duration:00:57:33

Bernard Jackman on his Dragons project, working in France and taking a stand on dessert

2/14/2018
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Dragons head coach Bernard Jackman. Jackman fills the lads in on how his project in Wales is coming along, as he looks to lay the foundations for lasting success at the Dragons. They also discuss his time in charge of Grenoble in the Top 14, from how the language barrier prevents French players from getting access to top coaches from around the world to the problems that occurred when he tried to...

Duration:00:56:35

Darren Cave on life at Ulster, Ireland's Six Nations chances and Joe Schmidt's unique preparation

1/31/2018
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Ulster centre Darren Cave to look ahead to the Six Nations. Ireland are being tipped by a lot of people to win the tournament this year, and Darren and Luke are in agreement that having Joe Schmidt as coach gives the team an edge over their competitors. The lads look back to the 2015 World Cup and remember how Schmidt got them focused to take on Romania in a way that few coaches could match. It has...

Duration:00:49:30

Luke Fitzgerald on Grobler debate and Rhys Ruddock dealing with injury,chosing to play in Ireland

1/17/2018
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On this week's podcast, Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery are joined by Leinster and Ireland star Rhys Ruddock. The flanker is currently recovering from a nasty hamstring injury and he tells the lads how his rehab is going - as well as giving Irish fans some positive news on his return. Ruddock's dad Mike is a Grand Slam-winning coach with Wales, and Rhys talks about the influence his father has had on his rugby career, as well as explaining how he came to the decision of playing his rugby...

Duration:00:57:50

Jamie Heaslip on his injury recovery, life after rugby and dealing with his critics

1/10/2018
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined in studio by Leinster and Ireland star Jamie Heaslip. The back row is currently on the sidelines with a back injury and the lads try their best to extract as much information as possible on when Heaslip might be back on the field. The 100-cap international has one of the most impressive CVs in world rugby, and gives an insight into the meticulous off-field preparation that has helped him win so many...

Duration:01:16:12

Why it might be too soon for Jordan Larmour, Sean Cronin vs Rory Best and Munster's one big problem

1/3/2018
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Ruaidhri O'Connor of the Irish Independent to recap all the festive action. The lads agree that Leinster have pulled substantially ahead of the rest of the provinces, but will Jordan Larmour and James Lowe be able to force their way into the team for the Champions Cup? Luke thinks that the 20-year-old Larmour still has a bit to learn before he makes the step up to Europe, while Ruaidhri analyses...

Duration:00:58:48