The Left Wing: Ross Byrne's big chance, Wales chaos and Ian McKinley on Italy's improvement

Ross Byrne is set for his first Six Nations start against Italy. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

On the latest episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by former Italy international Ian McKinley to look ahead to Ireland vs Italy.

The Azzurri have made big strides in the last 12 months after beating Wales and Australia, and Ian breaks down why Italy have seen an upsurge in form over the last year.

Ross Byrne is in line to feature against Italy and both Luke and Ian think he has a newfound confidence that bodes well for him going forward.

Wales' potential Six Nations strike, the return of Joey Carbery and Tadhg Beirne's injury are all up for discussion too.

Join us again on Thursday when Will and Cian Tracey will be discussing the announcement of the Ireland team on the next episode of the Left Wing.

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