Monday 18 February 2019

The Left Wing: Big weekend for the provinces, Tom Farrell's Ireland potential and Leinster's huge playing pool

28 December 2018; Tom Farrell of Connacht during the Guinness PRO14 Round 12 match between Connacht and Ulster at the Sportsground in Galway. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
28 December 2018; Tom Farrell of Connacht during the Guinness PRO14 Round 12 match between Connacht and Ulster at the Sportsground in Galway. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined in studio by Irish Independent rugby correspondent Ruaidhri O'Connor to look ahead to a massive weekend of Champions Cup rugby.

Leinster, Munster and Ulster all have a chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals and are facing into tough European tests. Munster are first up on Friday night with a trip to Gloucester, with Leinster and Ulster hosting French giants Toulouse and Racing 92 respectively on Saturday.

Luke is predicting an Irish clean sweep while Ruaidhri thinks Ulster could be the team that runs into trouble.

The lads also discuss Connacht centre Tom Farrell's emergence this season and whether he might be called into Joe Schmidt's Ireland squad for the 2019 Six Nations. Will also asks the lads whether the amount of Leinster talent across the four provinces - 26 of the 60 starters in the weekend's inter-pros were from Leinster - is diluting the unique identity of the teams.

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