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The Left Wing with Luke Fitzgerald has the best rugby analysis and exclusive interviews every week on Independent.ie. Former Ireland international Luke is joined by Independent.ie’s Will Slattery, as well as the biggest names in Irish rugby. Harnessing his in-depth knowledge from his playing days, Luke 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 the Irish team.

The Left Wing with Luke Fitzgerald has the best rugby analysis and exclusive interviews every week on Independent.ie. Former Ireland international Luke is joined by Independent.ie’s Will Slattery, as well as the biggest names in Irish rugby. Harnessing his in-depth knowledge from his playing days, Luke 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 the Irish team.

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The Left Wing with Luke Fitzgerald has the best rugby analysis and exclusive interviews every week on Independent.ie. Former Ireland international Luke is joined by Independent.ie’s Will Slattery, as well as the biggest names in Irish rugby. Harnessing his in-depth knowledge from his playing days, Luke 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 the Irish team.

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English


Episodes

Ireland's Italian to-do list, AJ MacGinty's American dream and remembering Gary Halpin

2/24/2021
On this week's episode of the Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Sale out-half AJ MacGinty to discuss his unique journey from Blackrock to becoming a USA international. MacGinty is enjoying a great run of form in the Premiership currently playing alongside Springbok star Faf de Klerk, and tells the lads all about life in England. They then look back at his memorable performance as Connacht beat Leinster in the 2016 PRO12 final - which turned out to be Luke's final...

Duration:01:04:20

Neil Francis - why the IRFU should get on the phone to Ronan O'Gara

2/17/2021
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 campaign to date. Neil is disappointed by the lack of progress the team has made under Andy Farrell, while Luke is concerned with the team's defence as well as the attack. The lads look back on the defeat to France last weekend, with Neil left very impressed with how Les Bleus are building following the addition of Shaun Edwards. The out-half succession plan...

Duration:00:47:23

Ireland's setback, bench boost and a Scotland apology

2/10/2021
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Ruaidhri O'Connor to look back at an eventful opening weekend of the Six Nations. The show kicks off with an apology as Will eats humble pie following his slating of Scotland's chances of beating England last week, before the lads discuss the controversy surrounding the comments made by two French doctors about Johnny Sexton's concussion issues. The chat then moves on to Ireland's defeat in Wales, with...

Duration:00:52:30

Six Nations preview - why Ireland could upset the odds and win the championship

2/3/2021
On this week's episode of the Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Ruaidhri O'Connor to look ahead to the Six Nations championship. The lads kick things off by talking about Ruaidhri's list of the top 50 Irish players of the Six Nations era, with Luke coming in at number 31. The discussion then moves onto the championship, which kicks off this weekend. After a patchy autumn, how is the Irish team fixed? Luke is very positive on Ireland's chances and is tipping Andy...

Duration:00:51:16

Munster's missed opportunity, Ireland's scrum-half pecking order and the Six Nations bubble

1/27/2021
On the latest episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Cian Tracey to discuss all the latest rugby news. The lads kick things off by reflecting on Leinster's win over Munster and discuss whether the southern province have closed the gap on their biggest rival. Talk then turns to the Six Nations, as the lads look at Andy Farrell's selection decisions at scrum-half and out-half. The Six Nations bubble, Ulster's signing of Leone Nakarawa and Paul O'Connell's...

Duration:00:44:30

Munster vs Leinster preview and Will Connors on making his Ireland breakthrough

1/20/2021
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Leinster and Ireland flanker Will Connors to discuss his eventful few months in blue and green.Connors enjoyed a brilliant spell after rugby returned last year, making his European debut against Saracens before getting his first international cap against Italy. Connors talks about his experience going up against Billy Vunipola in that Saracens game, and how if he had the chance again he wouldn't have...

Duration:00:34:49

The Six Nations paywall, fixture chaos and Andy Farrell's Ireland pecking order

1/13/2021
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Ruaidhri O'Connor to go over all the latest rugby news and look ahead to Andy Farrell's Six Nations squad announcement. The lads kick things off by going over the state of affairs in the Champions Cup, PRO14 and Six Nations after a week that saw postponements and rescheduling. The discussion then moves on to the news that the CVC deal to buy a portion of the Six Nations is close to being announced. Would...

Duration:00:48:28

The Lions dilemma, Marcell Coetzee's replacement and a big weekend for the provinces

1/6/2021
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Cian Tracey to discuss all the latest rugby news as we start a new year.The lads start off by discussing the situation surrounding the Lions tour, and whether it will go ahead in South Africa, in Ireland and the UK or be postponed to 2022. The discussion then moves on to the provincial derbies taking place this weekend, as Leinster host Ulster on Friday night before Munster visit Connacht on...

Duration:00:52:43

Munster magic, the Rainbow Cup and a Thomond Park showdown

12/23/2020
On the last Left Wing of 2020, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Ruaidhri O'Connor to reflect on all the Champions cup action. The lads start with the news of the South African teams joining the PRO14 to play in the Rainbow Cup at the end of the current season. While Luke and Ruaidhri think it is exciting from a rugby perspective, they are waiting to see how the Covid situation is in terms of whether the new tournament will be a success. The lads then break down Munster's...

Duration:00:48:04

Ireland's daunting draw, Connacht's progress and Munster's Clermont clash

12/16/2020
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Brendan Fanning of the Sunday Independent to discuss the opening weekend of the Champions Cup and Ireland's World Cup pool draw.Although the tournament in France is just under three years away, the lads kick things off by discussing Ireland's difficult draw, and how the arrival of the South African teams in an expanded PRO16 could be crucial for Irish rugby.The lads then move on to the European action,...

Duration:00:44:36

A landmark day for rugby, Champions Cup preview and will the young guns get their chance?

12/9/2020
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Ruaidhri O'Connor to discuss all the week's news. The lads kick things off by discussing the legal proceedings taken by a number of former players against World Rugby over what they allege as a failure to protect them from concussion. The lads discuss the harrowing tales told by former professional players and what steps the sport needs to take to become safer. Luke gives his personal insight, having...

Duration:00:54:07

Ireland's attacking issues, Andy Farrell's coaching ticket and David Nucifora's performance

12/2/2020
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Cian Tracey to discuss Ireland's recent struggles. After a poor performance against Georgia off the back of yet another loss to England, Andy Farrell's first year as Ireland head coach looks set to be a disappointing one with just one game to go. The lads delve into the various problems - a muddled attack, a leaky defence and a malfunctioning set-piece to name three. They also discuss Andy Farrell's...

Duration:00:49:01

Sean O'Brien on Ireland vs England, why he almost retired and his coaching future

11/25/2020
On this week's episode of the Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by London Irish flanker Sean O'Brien to recap Ireland's loss to England and to discuss his eventful career. It was another tough day for Ireland against England and the lads discuss whether Andy Farrell's men are any closer to beating their biggest rivals after suffering their fourth straight defeat. Sean O'Brien reckons that Ireland's sloppy work at the breakdown is the main cause of the team's downfall,...

Duration:00:47:42

Ross Byrne's big chance, Dan Leavy's comeback and the 'Irish Barbarians'

11/18/2020
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Ruaidhri O'Connor to look ahead to Ireland's clash with England at Twickenham. It is a big opportunity for Ross Byrne as he comes into the team at out-half in the absence of Johnny Sexton, while James Ryan takes on the captaincy. The lads discuss what Byrne needs to do to make his mark and the extra challenge being the captain will pose for Ryan ahead of his battle with Maro Itoje. Ireland's team to face...

Duration:00:45:43

Alex Corbisiero on how England view Ireland, working with Andy Farrell and battling cancer

11/11/2020
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by former England and Lions prop Alex Corbisiero to discuss Eddie Jones' side as well as Corbisiero's battle with cancer. The 32-year-old was initially diagnosed with testicular cancer in late 2019 but recently underwent a bout of chemotherapy after the disease returned during lockdown. Thankfully, Corbisiero is hopeful that he is on the road to recovery and he tells Luke and Will about the tough mental and...

Duration:00:48:00

Fullback issues, the out-half succession plan and the benefits of a quick tap

11/4/2020
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Cian Tracey to dissect Ireland's defeat to France and look ahead to the Autumn Nations Cup. The guys kick things off by assessing Jacob Stockdale's performance and Will asks whether the Ulster fullback should be kept in the team in the short-term after another poor display. Luke thinks that Andy Farrell should stick with Stockdale while Cian says that Hugo Keenan would be a good option in the fifteen...

Duration:00:46:12

Jack McGrath on why he left Leinster for Ulster, pro rugby in Covid times and amateur beekeeping

10/28/2020
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Ulster prop Jack McGrath to discuss his move north and his eventful career to date.McGrath made the choice to leave Leinster for Ulster ahead of the 2019/20 season, and he explains to the lads why he decided to make a move away from his hometown team. He also tells Luke and Will what it has been like as a professional rugby player during lockdown, as well as the strange sensation of running out for a...

Duration:00:46:26

'They broke the rule for Johnny Sexton' - is it time for Ireland to end overseas exile?

10/21/2020
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Ruaidhri O'Connor to look ahead to Ireland's Six Nations clash with Italy. The lads agree that Andy Farrell has put more of his own stamp on the team, with four players in line to make their debut, including Will Connors and Hugo Keenan who are in from the off. Luke talks about what Keenan needs to do to hold onto the journey amid stiff competition, while Ruaidhri weighs in on the back row. The guys then...

Duration:00:42:43

Ireland's Six Nations bubble and Peter Stringer on life after Munster

10/14/2020
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Peter Stringer to discuss Ireland's Six Nations squad, Munster's development and the legendary scrum-half's career. Andy Farrell's squad will enter their Covid bubble in Carton House today, and the lads discuss the difficulties posed by the players being away from their friends and family for an extended period. When it comes to Andy Farrell's squad, Peter is eager to assess the nines, as well as talking...

Duration:00:47:31

Clean sweep for the Irish teams and Connacht's dream season revisited

10/7/2020
On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald discuss the opening weekend of the PRO14 and chat to former Connacht flanker Eoin McKeon about his decade with the province. It was a clean sweep for the Irish teams in the opening round of league action, and the lads weigh in on Ben Healy's heroics for Munster, Connacht's strong start to the season against Glasgow and Garry Ringrose's impressive conversion against the Dragons. Then the lads welcome Eoin to the show,...

Duration:00:51:11