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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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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

Jamie Heaslip on life in retirement, starting a new career and rugby in lockdown

3/24/2020
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Jamie Heaslip to discuss rugby in lockdown, his career and life in retirement. With players confined to their homes for the most part like the rest of the population, Jamie and Luke discuss how they will go about maintaining their fitness while in lockdown. The lads then discuss life after rugby, with both Luke and Jamie forced into retirement by injuries. They chat about joining the workforce at the...

Duration:00:47:45

Rugby gets cancelled, Ian Madigan goes north and Living with the Lions

3/19/2020
This week on The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald observe podcast social distancing as they recap a wild week in rugby. With the PRO14 final cancelled and the Champions Cup on ice, it’s looking increasingly likely that the club rugby season won’t be completed. The lads discuss the latest cancellations, reflect on Leinster’s lost perfect season attempt and chat about Ian Madigan’s move to Ulster. Luke thinks it is a great move for both Madigan and the northern province as the...

Duration:00:43:36

Rugby calendar chaos, how players deal with criticism and the Joe Marler incident

3/10/2020
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 discuss all the latest rugby news. There has been further disruption to the rugby schedule as coronavirus continues to spread across the world, with the Six Nations, the PRO14 and possibly the Champions Cup all experiencing problems. The possibility of playing big games such as Leinster vs Saracens behind closed doors is becoming a bigger reality with each...

Duration:00:45:19

Coronavirus hits rugby, Sexton vs O'Gara and Bryan Byrne on his Bristol move

3/3/2020
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Cian Tracey to discuss the latest news around the Ireland team and former Leinster hooker Bryan Byrne joins the lads to chat about his move to Bristol. With Ireland vs Italy already postponed and the rest of the Six Nations games up in the air, there is a lot of uncertainty around the rugby world. Cian explains how Ireland are going about their business as they wait for news about their final game...

Duration:00:44:25

A challenger emerges in Leinster, fan behaviour in Donnybrook and top prospects in Ulster

2/26/2020
On the latest Left Wing schools rugby special, Will Slattery is joined by Tony Ward and Des Berry to look ahead to the cup semi-finals. The lads start in Leinster, where St Michael's take on Newbridge and Clongowes go up against Castleknock. St Michael's recorded an impressive quarter-final victory over Gonzaga, giant-killers of Blackrock, and the panel think that they will be too strong for the Kildare school in the final four. However, even though St Michael's remain the team to beat,...

Duration:00:32:50

Neil Francis on England loss, what Andy Farrell must do and the player who could make a difference

2/25/2020
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Neil Francis to discuss Ireland's Six Nations defeat to England. Luke is disappointed that the pattern of the loss followed along similar lines to Ireland's recent defeats to England, while Neil says that Ireland were outfought by Eddie Jones' side. The form of the Ireland half-backs, Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton is discussed, with Luke saying that he thinks Sexton might be carrying an injury. In terms...

Duration:00:51:00

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