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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

RWC Daily: Sayanora for Ireland

10/19/2019
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The Joe Schmidt era is over and it has ended in a crushing defeat to New Zealand that sees them march on to the World Cup semi-final and Ireland in the familiar position of searching for answers. Cian Tracey and Ruaidhri O’Connor pick through the rubble of an abject performance from an Irish team that made errors, gave away penalties and played into the hands of the best team in the world when it mattered most. They discuss the coach’s post-match comments, assess the impact of this loss on...

Duration:00:12:19

RWC Daily: Is Schmidt's legacy on the line?

10/18/2019
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Ireland's World Cup is on the line in Tokyo tomorrow and Johnny Sexton led a one-man Captain's Run at the venue where they'll meet the All Blacks. We hear from the Ireland out-half on how he feels the game will go, as Jonathan Bradley is joined by pod regular Ruaidhri O'Connor and Tom Cary of The Telegraph who has been covering Ireland throughout the tournament. Ireland's tournament isn't the only thing on the line, Joe Schmidt's legacy is also in the mix as he prepares for what could be his...

Duration:00:16:01

RWC Daily: Could Ireland pull this off?

10/17/2019
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The teams has been named and Saturday's World Cup quarter-final between Ireland and the All Blacks is getting closer. Ruaidhri O'Connor, Jonathan Bradley and Cian Tracey are in Disneyland where Joe Schmidt has named his strongest side for the winner-takes-all showdown with the world champions. They assess the two line-ups and consider whether Ireland's experience can beat the All Blacks' expansiveness, if Steve Hansen is taking risks with his team selection and whether Ireland are the team...

Duration:00:23:31

RWC Daily: Bumper quarter-final preview

10/16/2019
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With Ireland and New Zealand taking a day off in Tokyo before team announcements tomorrow, Jonathan Bradley, Cian Tracey and Ruaidhri O'Connor take a look at the three other last eight clashes. Can the hosts keep their run of success going against the Springboks in what will be a fascinating clash of styles and a re-match of their famous 2015 match in Brighton. Can Japan's quick hands beat Jacques Nienaber's rush defence? Will South Africa prove too strong or will the Brave Blossoms continue...

Duration:00:26:45

Irish rugby's biggest week, is an upset on the cards?

10/15/2019
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We're down to the business end of the Rugby World Cup and it's not South Africa, but New Zealand, that Ireland are facing, so what chance does Joe Schmidt's Ireland have of actually progressing past the quarter-finals? It's the biggest of asks against the All Blacks and on this week's Left Wing podcast, Leinster and Australia's, Scott Fardy, who played in the 2015 World Cup final, joined Luke Fitzgerald, Fergus McFadden and Will Slattery. For Scott Fardy it comes down to one thing: defence....

Duration:01:08:31

RWC Daily: The fall out of Bundee's ban

10/15/2019
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Cian Tracey, Ruaidhri O'Connor, and Jonathan Bradley are on hand to discuss the fall out of Bundee Aki's three-game ban and what it means for Ireland's World Cup hopes. After a busy day scattered across Tokyo, Cian visited the All Blacks camp and got the thoughts of their assistant coach Ian Foster on what kind of challenge he expects from Ireland on Saturday. Meanwhile, Ruaidhri and Jonathan were in Disneyland where the mood within the Ireland squad is noticeably positive despite the news...

Duration:00:16:10

RWC Daily: Quarter-final fever

10/14/2019
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It's taken a while, but the knock-outs are finally upon us as Ireland travelled to Tokyo from Fukuoka to prepare for the game of their lives against New Zealand on Saturday. Before they left, Cian Tracey got the thoughts of Johnny Sexton who is not happy at the level of criticism the team has received for their performances at this World Cup and the out-half is in confident form going into the big one. Ruaidhri O'Connor got a red-eye to see what Steve Hansen had to say for himself and it...

Duration:00:28:40

RWC Daily: Another farce to melt Joe Schmidt's mind

10/11/2019
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As if the Rugby World Cup couldn't offer up any more farce, Cian Tracey and Jonathan Bradley report on a "disgraceful" playing surface in Fukuoka where Ireland complete their pool campaign against Samoa tomorrow. Compared to the impending destruction of Super-Typhoon Hagibis, this is small beer but it was clear from Joe Schmidt's behaviour at today's Captain's Run that hes not happy with the pitch. Along with Ruaidhri O'Connor, the lads assess the potential for danger from the pitch and from...

Duration:00:27:57

RWC Daily: Hagibis leaves the World Cup in disarray

10/10/2019
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Ireland have named their team, but with two games already cancelled and a third very much at risk Cian Tracey, Jonathan Bradley and Ruaidhri O'Connor discuss the ramifications for the tournament. It could have a direct impact on Ireland's chances in Pool A if Joe Schmidt's side fail to get a bonus point win against Samoa on Saturday. The lads assess Schmidt's team selection for a tough final game as the show goes on in Fukuoka despite the chaos elsewhere.

Duration:00:19:45

RWC Daily: Pool A permutations as top teams continue to widen the gap

10/9/2019
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After watching Scotland hammer Russia, Ruaidhri O'Connor, Cian Tracey and Jonathan Bradley are on hand to run through the permutations for Ireland's quarter-final hopes. The worrying trend of the top teams pulling away from the rest continues as the lads wonder if anything will change after this World Cup. Cian and Jonathan both visited Hiroshima today and speak about the powerful impact it had on them.

Duration:00:16:44

Can Ireland pick themselves up again and what has Joe Schmidt learned from 2015?

10/8/2019
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Ireland have taken their hits so far in this World Cup but the question remains whether they can pick themselves up for the rest of the tournament. On this week's Left Wing, Neil Francis joined Luke Fitzgerald, Fergus McFadden and Will Slattery and as usual, Franno didn't pull any punches. "They look a tired team," says Franno. "The graph is going a particular way and even if they correct it against Samoa, they’ve got a lot of things wrong. Is it mirroring something? Where are the unforced...

Duration:00:59:34

RWC Daily: Storm fears ease as Ireland ramp up for Samoa

10/8/2019
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Cian Tracey, Ruaidhri O'Connor and Jonathan Bradley are back together as they take the podcast to an outdoor setting along Naka River in Fukuoka. The Typhoon that was threatening Ireland's game against Samoa on Saturday thankfully seems to be veering away from southern Japan, but the hosts game with Scotland could now be thrown into doubt if it hits Tokyo. The lads discuss the knock-on effects of that. We hear from Joey Carbery who says he wants to repay the faith that has been shown in him....

Duration:00:33:55

RWC Daily: Typhoon threatens to derail Ireland's World Cup

10/7/2019
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As Typhoon Hagibis tracks its way towards Japan, Cian Tracey is joined by Jonathan Bradley (Belfast Telegraph) and Ruth Gorman (UTV) to discuss the storm's potential implications for Ireland's final pool game against Samoa on Saturday. There is good news on the injury front as Jordi Murphy has remained with the squad despite picking up a rib injury last week, while Joey Carbery and Robbie Henshaw are also back in training. Having had the weekend in Fukuoka, Jonathan talks about experiencing...

Duration:00:23:35

RWC Daily: The morning after the night before

10/4/2019
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Today's a travel day for Ireland and their press pack and that means we're on the road to Fukuoka. Before departure, Cian Tracey and Jonathan Bradley join Ruaidhri O'Connor to reflect on a difficult night for Joe Schmidt's men against Russia.Can a weekend off give them the lift they so appear to need? We hear from captain Rory Best about the team's confidence, while one of our party reveals he made a show of himself in front of the skipper in the hotel tennis court yesterday. There's plenty...

Duration:00:19:31

RWC Daily: Mistake after mistake in the Misaki

10/3/2019
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Ireland won 35-0 against Russia in the Kobe Misaki Stadium, but there wasn't much to be positive from a sloppy performance despite Joe Schmidt putting a brave face on things. Cian Tracey, Ruaidhri O'Connor and Jonathan Bradley were all reporting on an error-strewn match that did little to inspire any faith that this Irish team can achieve their goals by getting to a semi-final and beyond in Japan. The injury count is mounting, the players' body-language is poor and there's a familiar feeling...

Duration:00:16:43

RWC Daily: 'Back on track and ready to prove a point'

10/2/2019
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Ruaidhri O'Connor and Alan Quinlan were at Ireland's Captain's Run to hear assistant coach Andy Farrell's views on the defeat to Japan and the state of refereeing in the tournament ahead of the clash with Russia. Quinny assesses Ireland's performance, wonders where the leaders have gone but believes they have enough left to bounce back and achieve in Japan. It's not all Ireland, the former Munster back-row has been on the road and experienced something special in Kamaishi last week when...

Duration:00:27:14

The chance to put things right, Michael Cheika impressions and Luke on Nelson Mandela's laugh?

10/1/2019
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The feel-good factor has gone again and suddenly Group A has got interesting. This week on the Left Wing, Luke Fitzgerald, Fergus McFadden and Will Slattery look back on the shock defeat to Japan and try to put a positive spin on things. But has the trauma of Rugby World Cups past come back to haunt them and what damage will there be to the confidence of the players? "On our day we can beat New Zealand or South Africa," says Fergus. "But the inconsistencies in our performances are the most...

Duration:00:56:07

RWC Daily: Sexton returns to get the show back on the road

10/1/2019
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Ruaidhri O'Connor takes a turn in the hot seat and is joined by Cian Tracey and Jonathan Bradley to chat about the Ireland team to face Russia on Thursday. The lads discuss why Johnny Sexton's return is vital to get Ireland moving in the right direction again as an all Munster tight-five packs down together. Cian and Jonathan have both sampled the famous local Kobe beef and there are more tales about a trip to Japanese onsen.

Duration:00:19:54

RWC Daily: Ireland’s Kobe conundrum

9/30/2019
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Ireland have moved to Kobe as preparations for the Russia game on Thursday ramp up. Cian Tracey is joined by Jonathan Bradley as they look back on the shock defeat to Japan having had more time to reflect on it. We hear from CJ Stander who admits that the loss to the host nation was up there with the biggest disappointments of his career. Jordi Murphy is due to link up with the squad today and the lads ask how ready he would be to play on Thursday after the long haul flight. Robbie Henshaw’s...

Duration:00:21:41

RWC Daily: EMERGENCY PODCAST - Japan stun Ireland in Shizuoka

9/28/2019
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Ireland's World Cup hit a major speed-bump as Japan turned up the noise on an unforgettable night at the Ecopa Stadium. Cian Tracey is joined by Ruaidhri O'Connor and Jonathan Bradley to reflect on a result that will cause shockwaves across the rugby world and puts Joe Schmidt's on course for a quarter-final against the All Blacks. Did Schmidt get his selection wrong? Was the preparation off and did everyone just underestimate the tournament hosts who played so well? With Jack Conan on the...

Duration:00:16:01