Sunday 22 April 2018

The Left Wing: Jamie Heaslip on his injury recovery, preparing for life after rugby and dealing with his critics

11 February 2017; Jamie Heaslip of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship match between Italy and Ireland at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
11 February 2017; Jamie Heaslip of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship match between Italy and Ireland at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined in studio by Leinster and Ireland star Jamie Heaslip.

The back row is currently on the sidelines with a back injury and the lads try their pin Heaslip down on when he might be back on the field.

The 100-cap international has one of the most impressive CVs in world rugby, and gives an insight into the meticulous off-field preparation that has helped him win so many honours.

Despite his success, there is a section of fans who have never warmed to Heaslip, and Luke and Will ask him whether it bothers him that he doesn't get the same affection from supporters as some other Irish stars.

Heaslip is also involved in a number of businesses away from rugby, and he explains how he is preparing for life away from the game.

And finally, Will confronts Jamie about an urban legend regarding a pre-match meal he may have eaten before the 2011 PRO 12 final.

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