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The Left Wing Irish Independent

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The Left Wing with Luke Fitzgerald has the best r…

    The end of the Lancaster era, Munster's concerning start and Bundee Aki sees red

    The end of the Lancaster era, Munster's concerning start and Bundee Aki sees red

    On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Rúaidhrí O'Connor to discuss all the latest rugby news.

    They kick things off by discussing Stuart Lancaster's end-of-season departure from Leinster to Racing 92. Luke says it is important that Leinster hire the right personality who meshes with the club's values, while Rud thinks Johnny Sexton could possibly join the coaching staff after he retires.

    The chat then moves on to Munster's disappointing defeat to the Dragons last weekend, with the senior players turning in a very poor performance

    Bundee Aki's red card and Ulster's blockbuster clash with Leinster on Friday are up for discussion too.

    If you want to get in touch with the show, you can email your questions and comments to theleftwing@independent.ie, or tweet Will or Luke at @slatterywill and @lukefitz11.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 47 min
    The McCloskey question, why provinces aren't happy with 'Emerging' Ireland and Mathieu Raynal's big decision

    The McCloskey question, why provinces aren't happy with 'Emerging' Ireland and Mathieu Raynal's big decision

    On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Cian Tracey to discuss the first round of the URC and the Emerging Ireland squad.

    Will kicks things off by asking Cian and Luke whether Stuart McCloskey deserves to have more than six Ireland caps after the Ulster centre continued his stellar club form into this season.

    The chat then turns to the Emerging Ireland tour once again now that the squad has been named - while Cian is still in favour of it, Will and Luke are sceptical about its merits.

    Munster's continued evolution under their new coaching staff, Leinster's sloppy start to the season and Mathieu Raynal's very controversial time-wasting call against Australia are all up for discussion too.

    If you want to get in touch with the show, you can email a question to theleftwing@independent.ie, or tweet Will or Luke at @slatterywill and @lukefitz11.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 54 min
    Rugby returns, the Qatar question and should 'Emerging Ireland' be going on tour?

    Rugby returns, the Qatar question and should 'Emerging Ireland' be going on tour?

    The Left Wing is back for another season and Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Rúaidhrí O'Connor to look ahead to what promises to be a massive year for Irish rugby.

    The lads kick off with a discussion on the URC launch, where the topic of possibly playing games in Qatar was raised - and Luke and Rud have different views on the subject.

    The chat then turns to the upcoming 'Emerging Ireland' tour, which the provinces aren't happy about. Should players be taken out of their province during the season for this exercise?

    Munster's new beginning under Graham Rowntree, Leinster's out-half conundrum and Jacob Stockdale's comeback are all up for discussion too.

    Luke, Will and the show want to hear from you as well so put your rugby questions to them on social media using #theleftwing or on Twitter @lukefitz11 @slatterywill and each week Will will answer the best ones on-air.
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    • 51 min
    Ireland make history, Andy Farrell's contract situation and the rise of Josh van der Flier

    Ireland make history, Andy Farrell's contract situation and the rise of Josh van der Flier

    On the final Left Wing podcast of the season, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Rúaidhrí O'Connor to reflect on Ireland's historic series win in New Zealand.

    Ireland's composure and style of play impressed the lads the most and Josh van der Flier stood out as the key man amid a huge number of heroic performers.

    With Andy Farrell's contract set to run until the 2023 World Cup, should the IRFU move now to offer him a new contract?

    Luke and Rud go over areas where Ireland can improve to ensure next season is one to remember, while they agree that a few players need regular game time to maximise their talent.

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    • 52 min
    The Left Wing Live: Reaction & Analysis from Wellington to Ireland’s famous series win

    The Left Wing Live: Reaction & Analysis from Wellington to Ireland’s famous series win

    Not content with making history last week, this Ireland team cemented themselves in further glory with a series win over New Zealand, beating the All Blacks 32-22 in the third test.

    For this Left Wing Live podcast, Cian Tracey joins Sinéad Kissane and Rúaidhrí O’Connor live from Wellington with post-match reaction on a famous, famous victory.

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    • 20 min
    Ireland chase history, Jaco Peyper's performance and Ciaran Frawley's future

    Ireland chase history, Jaco Peyper's performance and Ciaran Frawley's future

    On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by the Irish Independent’s Cian Tracey and Sky New Zealand’s Ross Karl to discuss all the latest news from New Zealand.

    Will and Luke kick things off with Cian by discussing the performance against the New Zealand Maori, with Kieran Treadwell, Gavin Coombes and Ciaran Frawley standing out.
    The lads discuss Frawley's future at club level, and whether Leinster will play him more at out-half following his strong display for Ireland.

    Jaco Peyper's performance is up for discussion too, with everyone in agreement that New Zealand were fortunate to not receive more than one red card.

    Ross Karl then joins the show, and says that he thinks Ireland will win in Wellington on Saturday and complete a famous series win.

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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
247 Ratings

247 Ratings

Aixbectiveconnachtfan ,

Daily RWC episodes without Luke Fitzgerald excellent!

The previous ones with Fitzgerald are dreadful! The Indo have an excellent rugby journo team, why not use them...Cian and Ruadhri together now put the podcast up with OTB, 42, RTÉ, 2nd Captains etc. Keep this winning team boys....

herpderp55 ,

Good rugby podcast

Probably more suited to Leinster fans but good chats from Luke and Will.

0E1R ,

Good Pod

Good pod, I like the way both are not afraid to share their point of view

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