Wednesday 24 April 2019

The Left Wing: Why Irish fans shouldn't lose faith and how Joe Schmidt can turn things around for the World Cup

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is facing the biggest test of his career to get his side right for the World Cup. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is facing the biggest test of his career to get his side right for the World Cup. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
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It may have been a disappointing Six Nations campaign but on this week’s Left Wing podcast, Luke Fitzgerald believes everyone should just calm down and catch themselves on.

The panel of Will Slattery, Cian Tracey and Luke discuss the fall-out from the defeat to Wales and the criticism being levelled at the coach and players

“Things aren’t that bad,” says Luke. “We still have the best coach in the world and none of these players have gone bad overnight.  This will have hurt Joe but now is not the time to be overriding what got us here.  Joe needs to believe in himself now as does the team.”

With all eyes turning next to the World Cup, just what kind of legacy will Schmidt and this team end up with?  Whatever happens though, the future is still bright with the Grand Slam success of the Irish U20s.

Plus, the panel discuss how we should view this Wales team in the pantheon of Grand Slam winners and will England be a real danger at the World Cup?

For more from the Left Wing podcast visit www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-left-wing/

The Left Wing podcast is in association with Aldi.

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