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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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English


Episodes

Twickenham showdown, vulnerable England and Ben Foden on his New York adventure

2/18/2020
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Cian Tracey of the Irish Independent and former England fullback Ben Foden ahead of a huge Six Nations weekend. Ireland take on England at Twickenham this weekend with the Triple Crown at stake, and Cian is cautiously optimistic that Ireland can produce a big performance. Andy Farrell is set to name an unchanged team and although the veteran players have been going well, Luke still thinks that starting...

Duration:01:01:47

Improved Ireland, South Africa look north and Rhys Ruddock on his Six Nations omission

2/11/2020
Improved Ireland, South Africa look north and Rhys Ruddock on his Six Nations omission On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Ruaidhri O'Connor and Rhys Ruddock after another Six Nations weekend. Ireland made it two wins from two under Andy Farrell, and the lads talk through the different improvements made in the victory over Wales. Ruaidhri discusses Ireland's more expansive attack while Luke was interested to see the team kick from the...

Duration:01:02:34

Gonzaga the giant-killers, quarter-final crackers and Roscommon rising

2/7/2020
On the latest episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery is joined by Tony Ward and Des Berry for another schools rugby special. Gonzaga’s sensational win over Blackrock is a big discussion point as the panel review the opening round in Leinster and look ahead to the quarter-finals. The lads also check in on the progress in Munster, Connacht and Ulster and pick out a number of players to watch. The Left Wing is sponsored by Land Rover

Duration:00:27:53

Same old Ireland, England's odd selections and why it's too early to crown France

2/4/2020
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald look back on the opening weekend of the Six Nations. Ireland got the win over Scotland but there wasn't a whole lot different about the approach as Andy Farrell's men eked out a win at the Aviva Stadium. It is only one game into Farrell's tenure as head coach but already Luke is concerned that we haven't seen a departure from the style of play under Joe Schmidt in 2019. The continuing selection battle between John...

Duration:00:46:23

Ireland's Six Nations target, a French revival and Ian Madigan's possible Ireland return

1/28/2020
On the latest episode of The Left Wing podcast, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined on the line by Bristol out-half Ian Madigan to preview the Six Nations. The lads discuss Andy Farrell's first team selection, with Luke and Ian weighing in on the decision to start Conor Murray over John Cooney. Caelan Doris has been selected to make his Ireland debut, and Ian is very excited to see what the Leinster back row can bring. The panel are in agreement that France could be dark horses for...

Duration:00:45:23

Schools rugby special - ‘The St Michael’s dream team are the side to beat’

1/22/2020
On the latest episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery is joined by Tony Ward and Des Berry for a schools rugby preview. Tony has complied a bumper schools rugby supplement that is available in Saturday’s Irish Independent, and he previews the Leinster, Munster, Connacht and Ulster competitions. Can anyone stop St Michael’s in Leinster? Tony is calling them the school’s ‘Dream Team’ as they return 13 players from last year’s cup-winning side. Blackrock are set to be their main challengers...

Duration:00:30:40

The Saracens scandal, Leinster's nightmare draw and Andy Farrell's tough calls

1/21/2020
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald discuss the fallout to the Saracens salary cap scandal and look back at the final weekend of European pool action. Saracens are set to be relegated to the RFU Championship after being found guilty of another salary cap breach this season, with the future of their star-studded squad uncertain. However, despite being relegated to English rugby's second tier, Saracens are still competing in the European Cup, and are set...

Duration:00:47:03

Leinster's weak point, a new era for Ireland and Johann van Graan's future

1/14/2020
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Ruaidhri O'Connor to review all the Champions Cup action and look ahead to Ireland's Six Nations squad announcement. Leinster are still riding high in Europe after recording their fifth straight pool win, but Luke and Ruaidhri both agree that their defence could be their undoing later in the tournament if they don't tighten it up. A number of Leo Cullen's young guns are in line to be selected for...

Duration:00:58:53

John Cooney vs Conor Murray, Munster's issues and Leinster's depth chart

1/7/2020
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined in studio by Cian Tracey to review all the festive inter-pros as well as look ahead to the upcoming Champions Cup clashes. Munster were rocked by the news that Joey Carbery will be on the sidelines for the foreseeable future with an arm injury, and the lads discuss the implications for Johann van Graan ahead of a must-win European tie against Racing 92. It has been a tough couple of weeks for the southern...

Duration:00:55:01

Team of the Decade, Christmas derbies and new era for Ireland

12/23/2019
On today's Left Wing Christmas special, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald look ahead to the rugby over the festive period. Leinster's trip to Thomond Park to face is Munster is the highlight and Luke looks back on his memories of playing at the Limerick ground. Luke also looks back at the games last weekend, and expresses concerns over Leinster's defence after conceding six tries in the win over Ulster. Will unveils his Team of the Decade, Coach of the Decade and Player of the Decade... and...

Duration:00:46:15

Andy Farrell's stock-take, Rob Kearney's future and can Leinster complete a perfect season?

12/17/2019
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald discuss Andy Farrell's first Ireland training squad, the Champions Cup action and Johnny Sexton's future. Farrell named a 45-man squad for a 24-hour mini-camp, with the omission of Rob Kearney, Sean Cronin and Jordi Murphy catching the eye. Despite many saying that this is likely the end of Rob Kearney's international career, Luke thinks that his former team-mate could still make an Ireland comeback for the Six...

Duration:00:52:19

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

12/10/2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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