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The Left Wing with Luke Fitzgerald has the best r…

    The Joey Carbery decision, Champions Cup drama and rugby's drastic tackle change

    The Joey Carbery decision, Champions Cup drama and rugby's drastic tackle change

    On the latest episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Cian Tracey to look back on the final round of Champions Cup pool games and to look ahead to the Six Nations.

    The Six Nations launch took place earlier this week, and Cian shares the insights he got from Ireland head coach Andy Farrell and captain Johnny Sexton.

    Farrell made a big call in dropping Joey Carbery from his Ireland squad - but was it the right one? The lads debate it.

    Munster's impressive performance in Toulouse, Leinster's warning signs and the RFU's controversial new tackle law are all up for discussion too.

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

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Champions Cup Preview - the permutations & possibilities with Sinéad Kissane & Cian Tracey

    Champions Cup Preview - the permutations & possibilities with Sinéad Kissane & Cian Tracey

    It’s the final round of pool games in the Champions Cup this weekend and Sinéad Kissane is joined by Cian Tracey on the latest Left Wing podcast to discuss the team news and possible permutations for the Irish provinces.

    On Saturday Leinster are at home to Racing looking to book a home tie in the next round and Ulster face Sale desperately trying to turn around their season. A win for Ulster will see them qualify.

    Meanwhile, on Sunday, Munster travel to Toulouse in what will be a daunting challenge, though a losing bonus point should be enough to get through and in the Challenge Cup, Connacht are away to Newcastle at 5.30pm on Saturday hoping to win and stay in the top four of their group.

    Will and Luke will be back on Wednesday for their in-depth review of the weekend action and if you want to get in touch with the show, email your questions and comments to theleftwing@independent.ie, or on Twitter @slatterywill and @lukefitz11.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 17 min
    Ireland’s Six Nations Squad Announcement: Farrell’s shock decision to cut Joey Carbery

    Ireland’s Six Nations Squad Announcement: Farrell’s shock decision to cut Joey Carbery

    Munster’s Joey Carbery has been axed from Ireland’s Six Nations squad which was announced by Andy Farrell today.

    Cian Tracey joins Sinéad Kissane on the Left Wing podcast to discuss the massive call by Farrell as well as the make-up of the rest of the squad.

    Leinster youngster Jamie Osborne is the only uncapped player included while Robbie Hanshaw misses out with his ongoing wrist issue.

    Overall, there are 20 Leinster players included, eight from Munster, five from Ulster and four from Connacht.

    Ireland begin their Six Nations campaign against Wales in Cardiff on February 4.

    Join Sinéad and Cian again on Friday as they discuss the team news and permutations ahead of the weekend’s Champions Cup action.

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

    • 23 min
    Andy Farrell's Six Nations dilemma, central contracts and the return of Eddie Jones

    Andy Farrell's Six Nations dilemma, central contracts and the return of Eddie Jones

    On the latest episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Rúaidhrí O'Connor to look ahead to the Ireland Six Nations squad announcement and the final round of Champions Cup pool games.

    Andy Farrell has question marks over key veterans such as Conor Murray and Bundee Aki after the duo were left out in the cold last weekend - will the Ireland coach keep faith in the pair?

    The chat then turns to the IRFU's use of central contracts and whether it's the best route forward for Irish rugby.

    The lads also discuss Eddie Jones' return to Australia, Munster's tough test in Toulouse and Ulster's latest collapse in La Rochelle.

    Join us again later in the week when there will be further episodes discussing Ireland’s Six Nations squad and looking ahead to the Champions Cup weekend games.

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

    • 54 min
    Murray dropped, Ringrose returns - Champions Cup preview with Sinéad Kissane & Rúaidhrí O’Connor

    Murray dropped, Ringrose returns - Champions Cup preview with Sinéad Kissane & Rúaidhrí O’Connor

    Sinéad Kissane looks ahead to Round 3 of this weekend’s Champions Cup action with the Irish Independent’s Rúaidhrí O’Connor and the big news is that Conor Murray has been dropped from the Munster squad to face Northampton in Thomond Park.

    It’s a big call from coach Graham Rowntree who has picked Craig Casey to start and Paddy Patterson as back-up on the bench. Overall, there are nine changes to the team that beat the Lions last week.

    For Leinster, who face Gloucester at Kingsholm on Saturday, Garry Ringrose returns to the centre as captain, while Hugo Keenan will make his 50th Leinster appearance and Cian Healy marks 100 European games after being named on the bench.

    Ireland internationals Andrew Porter, James Ryan, Ryan Baird, Josh van der Flier and Caelan Doris all return.

    Elsewhere, Ulster face another stiff test away to reigning champions La Rochelle, while in the Challenge Cup, Connacht are at home to Brive.

    Will and Luke will be back on Wednesday for their in-depth review of the weekend action and if you want to get in touch with the show, email your questions and comments to theleftwing@independent.ie, or tweet Will and Luke at @slatterywill and @lukefitz11.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 18 min
    Dan Sheehan's minutes, South African travel and should more players follow Ben Healy's lead?

    Dan Sheehan's minutes, South African travel and should more players follow Ben Healy's lead?

    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 show kicks off with a discussion on the amount of minutes Dan Sheehan has played for Leinster and Ireland this year and whether it is better for players to be battle tested or well rested.

    The chat then turns towards the Champions Cup, and in particular the amount of travel the South African teams have to do in order to compete in the northern hemisphere.

    Ulster's woeful form, Leinster's cracking clash with the Ospreys and Ben Healy's Munster departure are all on the agenda too.

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

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
248 Ratings

248 Ratings

Florham64 ,

Rugby has laws

Great podcast great discussions an a nice mix of opinions. But Luke, you were a professional rugby player, please please remember rugby has laws not rules. As an ex ref and player it is a simple thing and it differentiates our spot from others. Still a big fan

C-mac

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.

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