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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

James Tracy and Rory O'Loughlin on their Leinster journey and Ireland experience

10/23/2018
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined in studio by Leinster duo James Tracy and Rory O'Loughlin to discuss their careers to date. The lads start off by recapping Leinster's narrow defeat in Toulouse, a game that James and Rory were in the squad for. Rory chats about the hair-raising atmosphere in France while James gives an insight into the painstaking post-match review sessions that Leinster conduct after each game. The guys also delve into...

Duration:01:00:32

Unbeaten provinces, the fall of the superpowers and why you should never celebrate early

10/16/2018
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined in studio by Cian Tracey of the Irish Independent to discuss the first weekend of Champions Cup action. Leinster dished out a serious statement of intent against Wasps, winning 52-3 and the lads delve into how the reigning champions have got even better this season. Luke talks about the performance of Luke McGrath and how he has improved his overall game while Will and Cian chat about how James Ryan has...

Duration:01:05:19

Champions Cup preview - Leinster the team to beat, Munster's tough task and the Cipriani dilemma

10/9/2018
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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 correspondents Ruaidhri O'Connor and Cian Tracey to preview this season's Champions Cup. Holders Leinster get the tournament underway on Friday night against Wasps and the lads think that Leo Cullen's men will be tough to beat in this year's competition. Leinster have a tricky trip to Toulouse coming up next weekend and Cian Tracey thinks that the away encounter will...

Duration:01:05:10

James Lowe on life at Leinster, Super Rugby experience and unique route to the top

10/2/2018
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On this week’s episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by James Lowe to talk about his time at Leinster and his career to date. Lowe’s all-action style has won him plenty of plaudits since moving to Ireland, and he discusses his unique playing style and how he developed it. He also chats about his time with the Chiefs in Super Rugby, the difference between northern and Southern Hemisphere rugby and his experience training with the All Blacks. Lowe also...

Duration:00:52:26

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

9/25/2018
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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 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
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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...

Duration:01:05:20

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

9/11/2018
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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

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

Tommy Bowe on retirement, his vital move to Wales and his miraculous Lions recovery

5/8/2018
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Ireland and Ulster wing Tommy Bowe to discuss his legendary career as he prepares to retire. Tommy talks about the criticism he got early on in his career and how he overcame some tough seasons to thrive for both club and country. Bowe decided to move to Wales and play for the Ospreys in 2008, where he developed into one of the world's best wings. He explains what the move did for his career as well as...

Duration:00:53:00

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

The Byrne/Carbery dilemma and why Munster can take some positives

4/25/2018
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On this week’s episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald recap all the Champions Cup action as well as discussing the retirement of Isa Nacewa. Luke hails Nacewa’s contribution to Leinster and ranks his best players to line out for the province. The lads dissect Munster’s disappointing defeat to Racing and while they agree it was a bad performance, outline some reasons for positivity heading into next season. As for Leinster, Will can’t see them being beaten again this...

Duration:00:58:58

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

Johnny Sexton on Ireland's Grand Slam win and a possible future in coaching

3/20/2018
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Johnny Sexton to discuss Ireland's Grand Slam win. Sexton talks about the work that went into the big victory over England, including the set-piece move that saw prop Tadhg Furlong handle the ball like a back in midfield. Johnny also talks about a possible future as a coach, his reaction to Eddie Jones' comments about his parents and his relationship with Ireland coach Joe Schmidt. There has been talk...

Duration:00:51:29

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

Ireland's centre dilemma, off-form England and Grand Slam potential

2/27/2018
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Cian Tracey of the Irish Independent to discuss all the latest Six Nations action. Ireland are three from three and with Scotland to come at home, could well be on course for a Grand Slam when they play England on St Patrick's Day. The lads discuss Ireland's performance against Wales and whether Garry Ringrose is the right player to replace the injured Chris Farrell. After Jacob Stockdale improved his...

Duration:00:53:15

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