Ire­land’s win­ner on the left wing

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - RUGBY -

AGRAND SLAM on and off the pitch. While Ire­land were cre­at­ing records on their way to a stun­ning Grand Slam, were mak­ing a few of their own.

Our rugby pod­cast, The Left Wing with Luke Fitzger­ald, has been a huge suc­cess, with the 30th show recorded just a few days after Joe Sch­midt’s side thumped Eng­land at Twick­en­ham.

Johnny Sex­ton was our spe­cial guest on that episode and the Ire­land num­ber 10 gave us a 40-minute, com­pelling insight into the past eight weeks.

And in the build up to the grand fi­nale against Eng­land, we brought the show on the road for the first time with Rob­bie Hen­shaw and Scott Fardy join­ing Luke and host Will Slat­tery in a packed-out Kennedy’s pub on West­land Row. Our mar­quee guests, cou­pled with a vi­brant dy­namic in Fitzger­ald and Slat­tery, has been re­flected in the num­bers. The Left Wing has firmly es­tab­lished it­self as Ire­land’s lead­ing sports pod­cast, oc­cu­py­ing the num­ber one spot on iTunes con­sis­tently all year and smash­ing through 600k lis­tens after 30 shows so far. We also added a vis­ual el­e­ment to our con­tent with Luke and Will host­ing The Left Wing LIVE ev­ery Mon­day dur­ing the Six Na­tions with Sean O’Brien among the guests as the panel dis­sected the week­end ac­tion.

And on In­de­pen­dent.ie, 1,753,348 unique vis­i­tors gen­er­ated 12 mil­lion page im­pres­sions on our Six Na­tions con­tent.

Thanks for be­ing part of our Six Na­tions ex­pe­ri­ence.

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