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The Left Wing Irish Independent

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The Left Wing with Luke Fitzgerald has the best r…

    Champions Cup Preview & Team News

    Champions Cup Preview & Team News

    It’s back to Europe for the Irish players and the provinces this weekend with the round of 16 in the Champions Cup and Sinéad Kissane is joined by Rúaidhrí O’Connor on the latest Left Wing podcast to go through the team news and preview the Sharks v Munster, Leinster v Ulster, and Benetton v Connacht in the Challenge Cup.

    Sinéad will be back on Monday to review the Ireland Women’s Six Nations clash against France with Anna Caplice and Ali Donnelly while Will and Luke Fitzgerald will have their in-depth analysis on Wednesday.

    If you want to get in touch with the show, email your questions and comments to theleftwing@independent.ie, or contact the team on Twitter @SlatteryWill @lukefitz11 @CianTracey1 @SinéadKissane and @RuaidhriOC.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 19 min
    Johnny Sexton's injury, Ross Byrne's opportunity and Munster's daunting schedule

    Johnny Sexton's injury, Ross Byrne's opportunity and Munster's daunting schedule

    On the latest episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Cian Tracey to look ahead to the Champions Cup last 16.

    They kick things off by discussing the injury to Johnny Sexton and whether Leinster can still win the Champions Cup without the star out-half.

    Talk then turns towards this weekend, with Leinster taking on Ulster at the Aviva Stadium and Munster making a daunting trip to Durban to face the Sharks in South Africa.

    Finally, Cian and Luke give their views on the state of the Ireland women's team after their heavy defeat to Wales in the Six Nations.


    If you want to get in touch with the show, email your questions and comments to theleftwing@independent.ie, or contact the team on Twitter @SlatteryWill @lukefitz11 @CianTracey1 @SinéadKissane and @RuaidhriOC.

    The Left Wing will be back at the end of the week with the team news ahead of the Champions Cup weekend, while Sinéad Kissane, Anna Caplice and Ali Donnelly will have another episode on Monday looking back on the Ireland Women’s Six Nations game against France.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 59 min
    After the Wales defeat, what does the Ireland Women's team need to do now?

    After the Wales defeat, what does the Ireland Women's team need to do now?

    It was a pretty sobering opening Women’s Six Nations defeat for Ireland as they were over-powered by Wales losing 31-5.

    To discuss where the team goes from here, Sinéad Kissane is joined by former Ireland flanker, Anna Caplice, and Ali Donnelly of Scrumqueens.com.

    Will and Luke will also be back on Wednesday for their latest in-depth discussion of the week’s biggest talking points.

    If you want to get in touch with the show, email your questions and comments to theleftwing@independent.ie, or on Twitter @SinéadKissane.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 27 min
    Women’s Six Nations Preview with Anna Caplice & Ali Donnelly

    Women’s Six Nations Preview with Anna Caplice & Ali Donnelly

    It’s two Six Nations down, two Grand Slams won for Ireland and this weekend is the start of the Women’s Six Nations.

    Ireland play Wales at Cardiff Arms Park in their opening game on Saturday with a 2.15 kick-off and previewing Ireland’s chances in the game and the rest of the tournament, Sinéad Kissane is joined by Anna Caplice, former Ireland flanker, and Ali Donnelly of Scrumqueens.com.

    There have been changes since Ireland finished fourth in the table in the 2022 edition after that dramatic and late win over Scotland in Belfast in round 5.

    There’s been the introduction of contracts for 15s players, some high-profile players turned down those contracts, there’s been a first ever summer tour with the trip to Japan, new additions to the coaching team and changes in player personnel.

    So, what can we expect from Ireland in this tournament?
    Join Sinéad, Anna and Ali on Monday as they discuss all the weekend results.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 31 min
    Grand Slam glory, France still looming and U-20 logjam

    Grand Slam glory, France still looming and U-20 logjam

    On the latest episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Cian Tracey to look back on Ireland's Grand Slam triumph.

    Luke and Cian break down why Ireland won on Saturday - and why there were some nervy moments at the Aviva Stadium.

    The lads look back on the entire campaign, discuss the World Cup threat posed by France and ask whether there are enough opportunities for Ireland's U-20 stars at club level.

    If you want to get in touch with the show, email your questions and comments to theleftwing@independent.ie, or contact the team on Twitter @SlatteryWill @lukefitz11 @CianTracey1 @SinéadKissane and @RuaidhriOC.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ireland are the Grand Slam Champions – Reaction & Analysis from the Aviva

    Ireland are the Grand Slam Champions – Reaction & Analysis from the Aviva

    They’ve done it. After all the hype, pressure and adversity, this Ireland team overcame the last hurdle in front of them and beat England 29-16 to win the Grand Slam for the first time ever in Dublin.

    For this special post-match episode, Sinéad Kissane is joined by Rúaidhrí O’Connor and Cian Tracey at the Aviva to get their reaction and analysis in the aftermath of an emotional evening.

    You’ll also hear from Ryan Baird, Josh van der Flier and Ross Byrne who, after the final whistle, tried to put into words what it all meant to them.

    Don’t forget to join Will and Luke for their in-depth review of the Six Nations Grand Slam on Wednesday and if you want to get in touch, email your questions and comments to theleftwing@independent.ie, or contact the team on Twitter @SlatteryWill @lukefitz11 @CianTracey1 @SinéadKissane and @RuaidhriOC.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5
102 Ratings

102 Ratings

Headley 15 ,

The Left Wing

Good podcast. Fitzgerald passionate about his rugby. Retired players have to be careful about invoking all the time the phrase ‘when I use to play’ but that’s the point. They have played at the highest level and therefore have an acute feeling about the game. A little biased towards Leinster but also understandable but other provinces are discussed relevant to the topic of the day. Carry on guys.

Ozimandias ,

Terrible

The racist comments by Neil Francis are shocking. It’s amazing that the production team should allow such offensive comment to go out unchecked.

Eddie4816 ,

Get Neil Francis off

Describing half-Filipina Marcus Smith as having an “Oompa Loompa tan” is utterly disgraceful. Shame on him and his bigoted views.
Won’t be listening to this again- have found far better, and more varied, rugby podcasts.

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