Friday 23 March 2018

The Left Wing: 'It was really cynical play' - Luke Fitzgerald analyses Ireland's controversy-ridden loss to the All Blacks

Ruaidhri O'Connor & Luke Fitzgerald in Studio
Ruaidhri O'Connor & Luke Fitzgerald in Studio Newsdesk Newsdesk

Former Leinster, Ireland and Lions star Luke Fitzgerald and Irish Independent rugby correspondent Ruaidhri O'Connor pick apart the 21-9 defeat to New Zealand and look forward to this weekend's clash with the Wallabies.

Every Monday, The Left Wing will feature Luke's unique blend of analysis and opinion as he takes you inside the game to give an honest and informed assessment of the performance of the Ireland team and the four provinces.

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In the inaugural edition of the show, the 29-year-old analyses the controversial performance of referee Jaco Peyper, the dark arts deployed by the All Blacks, the stellar performance of the Irish back row and examines what Joe Schmidt will have learned from the game of 2016.

He also offers some tips that aspiring players should glean from the game at the Aviva.

Enjoy below:

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