The Left Wing-logo

The Left Wing

Sports & Recreation Podcasts >

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.
More Information

Location:

Ireland

Description:

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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Player privacy, Carbery’s journey and controversial new tackle laws

9/25/2018
More
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 discuss the start of the season. Munster have had a bumpy ride with new out-half Joey Carbery but Luke is confident that the talented ten will come good soon. The lads also debate player privacy regarding injuries after the recent case of Conor Murray declining to disclose the reason behind his absence. There have been new tackle laws...

Duration:00:45:33

Ross Byrne on his Ireland experience, staying with Leinster and developing as a ten

9/18/2018
More
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined in studio by Leinster out-half Ross Byrne to discuss his career to date. Byrne has made over 45 appearances for Leinster since 2016 and has become a key man in a team that won the PRO14 and Champions Cup last season. Byrne opens up on his development from a rookie who came on against Northampton at Franklin's Gardens to an out-half who regularly starts big games for Leinster. Byrne travelled to Australia as...

Duration:01:05:20

Ultan Dillane on his journey from Paris to Tralee to Ireland international

9/11/2018
More
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald is joined by Ireland and Connacht second row Ultan Dillane to discuss his journey from Tralee RFC to international rugby. Dillane moved from Paris to Kerry at the age of seven and after a spell in the Munster underage set-up he ended up accepting a Connacht academy contract. He explains his unusual journey to the top as well as his breakout year in 2016 when he made his international debut against England at...

Duration:00:56:23

John Cooney on new era in Ulster, leaving Leinster and proving people wrong

9/4/2018
More
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Ulster scrum-half John Cooney to discuss his breakout season last year as well as his hopes for the upcoming campaign. Cooney made the move from Connacht to Ulster in 2017 and won the club's Player of the Season. He explains why he originally decided to leave Leinster in 2014 and how he motivates himself with memories of the times in his career when he wasn't getting much game time. Ulster have made a...

Duration:00:55:49

Felipe Contepomi on his Leinster return, his coaching journey and Munster rivalry

8/28/2018
More
The Left Wing is back as Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald kick off another season with Leinster backs coach Felipe Contepomi. Felipe explains what drew him to coaching and why he decided to pursue a full time role instead of returning to his work as a doctor. He also discusses the areas he will focus on as Leinster backs coach as well as the transformation the club has gone on since he first joined back in 2003. Contepomi also enjoyed many battles against Munster during his time in blue,...

Duration:00:53:48

Why England need a bit of arrogance and is Lancaster/Farrell the next Ireland coaching ticket?

2/7/2018
More
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by former England and Lions star Alex Corbisiero. The lads look back on an exciting weekend of Six Nations action as Alex weighs in on how Eddie Jones' England side are progressing as they look for a third championship in-a-row. Ireland required a sensational Johnny Sexton drop goal to beat France, and the former loosehead prop says he was disappointed with how 'tentative' Ireland looked. The lads also...

Duration:00:57:30

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

1/31/2018
More
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 been...

Duration:00:49:30

Larmour vs Nadolo, Tadhg Beirne's rise and Connacht keep rolling

1/24/2018
More
On this week's episode of The Left Wing in association with Laya Healthcare, Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery are joined in studio by Irish Independent rugby correspondent Cian Tracey to recap an exciting final weekend of Champions Cup action. Leinster booked a home quarter-final and possible home semi-final after winning in Montpellier, and the lads discuss the performances of Jordan Larmour and James Lowe on the wing. Munster joined Leinster in the knockout stages after a big victory...

Duration:00:53:24

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

1/17/2018
More
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
More
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
More
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 whether...

Duration:00:58:48

Another Irish clean sweep and Dublin star Cian O'Sullivan on balancing work & winning All-Irelands

12/19/2017
More
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Dublin star Cian O'Sullivan to discuss his All-Ireland-winning inter-county career and how he balances work with top level sport. Luke and Cian are friends from their time in school, and discuss the challenges they faced in working their way to the top of rugby and Gaelic football. Cian reveals that battling back from a serious injury to play in the 2015 All-Ireland final was his proudest moment in a...

Duration:01:10:42

Leinster on top in Europe, Matt O'Connor's media problem and does Zebo enjoy playing for Ireland?

12/13/2017
More
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Des Berry of The Herald and Cian Tracey of the Irish Independent to discuss all the Champions Cup action. After Leinster's impressive win in Exeter and Saracens' heavy defeat, Will argues that Leinster are now the Champions Cup favourites. Simon Zebo stood out during Munster's big win against Leicester - but will that be enough to get into Joe Schmidt's Six Nations squad? Luke thinks that one of the...

Duration:00:59:10

Jordi Murphy's ballsy move and Ireland vs England in the Champions Cup

12/6/2017
More
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by former Ulster and Ireland star Stephen Ferris to preview the Champions Cup back-to-back fixtures. Despite a decent set of results so far this season, Ferris paints a gloomy picture of the state of Ulster rugby as they prepare to face Harlequins. It is Les Kiss' third season as Director of Rugby and Ferris thinks that an upturn in performance level is needed for him to get a fourth. It is Ireland vs...

Duration:00:53:22

Jordan Larmour's Ireland chances, Joe Schmidt's 'odd' selections and Munster's player drain

11/28/2017
More
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by in studio by Irish Independent rugby correspondents Ruaidhri O'Connor and Cian Tracey to review the November internationals. O'Connor discusses Jacob Stockdale's big contribution to Ireland's three wins while Tracey analyses the team's midfield options heading into the Six Nations. The panel then debate whether Leinster youngster Jordan Larmour could soon be called up to the Ireland squad, while...

Duration:00:58:14

Eoin O'Malley on battling with Brian O'Driscoll and leaving rugby at just 25

11/21/2017
More
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined in studio by former Leinster centre Eoin O'Malley. Like Fitzgerald, O'Malley was forced into retirement through injury when he was just 25. The talented centre was just emerging as a contender for Brian O'Driscoll's 13 jersey when he was forced to step away, and O'Malley discusses what it was like battling Ireland's greatest player for a place in the Leinster team. O'Malley also talks about how Joe Schmidt...

Duration:00:51:55

Luke Fitzgerald and Fergus McFadden on their World Cup rivalry and Ireland's Springboks demolition

11/15/2017
More
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Leinster wing Fergus McFadden to discuss the province's season so far, Ireland's demolition of the Springboks and their rivalry as team-mates. Fitzgerald and McFadden discuss the performances of Jacob Stockdale and Andrew Conway against South Africa, while McFadden talks about the competition for places in the Leinster back three. The duo had a healthy rivalry during their time with Leinster and Ireland,...

Duration:00:50:43

Will Bundee Aki make his debut and what happened to Sean Cronin?

11/8/2017
More
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery is joined by Irish Independent rugby columnist Tony Ward, Irish Independent rugby correspondent Ruaidhri O'Connor and Des Berry of The Herald to preview Ireland's upcoming November series. The panel debate the key selections issues facing Joe Schmidt, including whether centre Bundee Aki will make his debut, and look ahead to the challenge posed by South Africa this Saturday. Tony Ward also weighs in on Sean Cronin's surprise omission...

Duration:00:47:52

Ian Madigan on life in Bristol, the Zebo decision and his international future

11/2/2017
More
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined in studio by Bristol out-half Ian Madigan. The lads hear what life has been like under Pat Lam in the English championship, and look back at his career with Leinster as well as the crushing 2015 World Cup defeat to Argentina. And as someone directly impacted by the IRFU's stance on players playing abroad, Madigan gives his take on Simon Zebo's recent move and his own international future.

Duration:00:49:55

Luke Fitzgerald and Jake Heenan debate the use of project players and talk changes in Connacht

10/25/2017
More
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined in studio by Connacht flanker Jake Heenan. In a wide-ranging interview, Heenan opens up on his tough teenage years in New Zealand, how Pat Lam convinced him to go to Connacht and the changes out west under new coach Kieran Keane. Luke and Jake, who is now Irish qualified through the residency rule, also have an interesting discussion on the use of project players.

Duration:00:51:07