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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

John Cooney on Ulster's European run and bouncing back from World Cup disappointment

12/10/2019
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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 stellar season to date. The number nine has been the star man for the northern province as they have started their European campaign with three wins against Bath, Clermont and Harlequins. After slotting a pressure kick to beat Quins, Cooney opens up on how he keeps a cool head when standing over a match-winning penalty.The 29-year-old missed out on World Cup...

Duration:00:46:59

The problem with the Champions Cup, the Stephen Larkham effect and trouble in Welsh rugby

12/3/2019
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Cian Tracey and Bernard Jackman to look ahead to a huge weekend of European rugby. All four of the Irish provinces have made a good start to the Champions Cup campaign, but Bernard thinks the tournament have problems coming down the track; chiefly that the English and French clubs put more emphasis on their domestic competitions. However, there is still some big games on the horizon - with Munster's...

Duration:00:51:10

Andy Farrell's big decisions, John Cooney vs Conor Murray and Champions Cup power rankings

11/26/2019
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald look back on another successful Champions Cup weekend for the Irish sides. Munster played out a thrilling encounter with Racing 92 at Thomond Park and although Johann van Graan's side battled back to earn a valuable draw, that might not be enough when the points are added up at the end of the pool stage. Munster played some great rugby but there are question marks over the form over Conor Murray, especially with John...

Duration:00:50:20

Impressive Irish Champions cup wins, will Stockdale be an all-time great & Zebo’s return to Munster

11/19/2019
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It’s back to the bosom of European rugby where all is warm and comforting for Irish teams who get to win their games again and on this week’s Left Wing, Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery look back on a great opening round of matches for the Irish provinces. They also look ahead to the weekend games including Ulster at home to Clermont, Connacht away to Toulouse, Leinster’s visit to Lyon and the much anticipated Simon Zebo return to Munster with Racing. It’s sure to be a hero’s welcome for...

Duration:00:54:32

Champions Cup preview, the World Cup hangover and Joe Schmidt's next team

11/12/2019
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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Cian Tracey and Ruaidhri O'Connor to preview the new season of the Champions Cup. Luke and Will welcome Cian and Ruaidhri back into the studio after their time covering the World Cup in Japan, and the panel give their view on the state of Irish rugby after a tough couple of weeks. Thoughts then turn to Europe, with Leinster well primed to have a good tournament after being handed a favourable pool draw....

Duration:00:58:54

Ben Te’o on England’s World Cup defeat, Eddie Jones and his Toulon adventure

11/5/2019
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Former England centre, Ben Te’o joined Luke Fitzgerald, Fergus McFadden and Will Slattery on this week’s Left Wing podcast as they looked back on England’s World Cup final defeat. “In camp, every day, for four years, Eddie used to say ‘We’re going to win the World Cup’,” Te’o revealed. “He built a game to beat New Zealand but not necessarily South Africa. I don’t know if England’s minds switched enough to respect South Africa.” Te’o also spoke about his current Toulon adventure and of his...

Duration:00:51:46

RWC Daily: The final pod: Springboks blow the Chariot to smithereens

11/2/2019
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It's all over and South Africa are the world champions after a sensational final performance in Yokohama. Ruaidhri O'Connor and Jonathan Bradley were there to witness a forward masterclass from Rassie Erasmus' men. What went wrong for England? What went right for the Springboks? And what will it mean for the Rainbow Nation? The lads assess it all and give their final thoughts on an incredible seven weeks in Japan before saying sayanora!

Duration:00:20:48

RWC Daily: The Big One

11/1/2019
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It's finally here. No, not the third/fourth place play-off, but tomorrow's Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama.In their penultimate podcast from Japan, Ruaidhri O'Connor and Jonathan Bradley assess England and South Africa's strengths and weaknesses, assess whether Eddie Jones' men can get back to the level they reached against New Zealand and wonder why Maro Itoje isn't on the shortlist for World Rugby player of the year.Jonathan picks his team of the tournament and the lads wonder whether...

Duration:00:28:40

The Left Wing Rugby World Cup Final Preview: Arise Sir Eddie

10/29/2019
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Much as you might hate to admit it, England are on course to win the Rugby World Cup and you have to admire the way they're going about it. On this week's Left Wing, Fergus McFadden joins Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery to preview the 2019 final and everyone is tipping England to win it. Is this the culmination of the Eddie Jones grand plan and will it be Sir Eddie if he leads them to greatness? Plus, the panel look back on Warren Gatland's legacy, New Zealand's concerns for their future...

Duration:01:04:29

RWC Daily: And then there were two

10/29/2019
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It's the final week of the World Cup and, after two contrasting semi-finals set up an England v South Africa World Cup final, Ruaidhri O'Connor and Jonathan Bradley look back at the weekend just gone and begin to talk about Saturday's show-piece. The lads assess England's greatness, while they wonder if the 'Boks have a trick or two up their sleeves after boring their way to the final against Wales.They assess Wales' weird World Cup, with Warren Gatland's men left in a weird position where...

Duration:00:25:48

RWC Daily: Can anyone stop the three-peat?

10/24/2019
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The show goes on in Tokyo and the World Cup semi-finals are upon us. It's been a week of heavyweight press conferences in Japan and Jonathan Bradley and Ruaidhri O'Connor have been listening to the noises from all four camps ahead of the big games at the weekend. England face the rampant All Blacks in Yokohama on Saturday, with Wales taking on South Africa a day later. Jonathan's been staking out the final venue, but says there's not much to be doing in Japan's second biggest city. At least...

Duration:00:29:24

With the fall from grace, the clear-out begins

10/22/2019
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It’s been a bad week for Jaco Peyper but an even worse one for Irish rugby. Another Rugby World Cup and another quarter-final exit. Luke Fitzgerald, Fergus McFadden and Alison Miller joined Will Slattery on this week’s Left Wing to dissect all that went wrong, asking how and why we dropped from the heights of 2018, but they also celebrate Joe Schmidt’s Ireland managerial career. “It’s a tough one to take and you’ve got to feel for the players,” said Fergus. “It’s a World Cup, the...

Duration:01:00:35

RWC Daily: The end of the road

10/21/2019
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In the final episode of the The Left Wing daily, Ruaidhri O'Connor is joined by Cian Tracey who like Ireland, is leaving Japan sooner than planned. The lads reflect further on Ireland's dismal World Cup exit to the All Blacks while assessing the chances of the four remaining teams as the serious business heats up. Andy Farrell has a huge job on his hands to rebuild Ireland as the page will quickly turn. There are also some overall thoughts on the hugely enjoyable experience of spending the...

Duration:00:28:03

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