Cathal McCarron's new autobiography "Out Of Control", written with Christy O'Connor, tells an unflinching story of theft, gambling addiction, and pornography. The 3-time All-star nominee and Tyrone footballer joins us in studio.
We discuss the meteoric rise of Joey Carbery as Ireland face New Zealand in Chicago this Saturday.
Plus there's PBESO signs, Eoin's binge-eating, and swizzel fizzers.
Ireland have won both of their November Internationals so far - but the game widely expected to be tight they won handily, and the one they were expected to win handily, they scraped through.
Where does that leave them going into next Saturday's test against Argentina? Gerry Thornley of the Irish Times and Shane Horgan are on hand to discuss the dilemma Schmidt faces with Joey Carbery at outhalf, and why Los Pumas are the ideal opponents at this stage of the World Cup cycle.
Na Piarsaigh of Limerick City had never won a county title until 2011, but since then they've won 4 county titles, 4 Munster titles, and an All-Ireland title. After their latest provincial win, 2-goal hero David Breen talks to us about beating All-star goalie Stephen O'Keeffe at close range, commuting from the UK, and impressing his co-workers at Wasps RFC.
Plus there's GAA masochism, Harry Arter's war of nutrition, Eoin's hamstring, and another grovelling public apology from Mark Horgan.
Ronan O'Gara, Kevin McLaughlin, Pat McCarry, Andy Rowe (The Rugby Pod) join host Joe Harrington on the podcast this week.
1.15 - The best golfers in the Irish rugby squad
3:30 - ROG on his young son playing against a giant 13-year-old last week
5:00 - ROG on working alongside Joe Schmidt with Ireland
7:00 - Kev on the first few months working with Schmidt at Leinster
12:00 - Joey Carberry's reaction to his poor performance against USA Eagles
14:50 - ROG on taking part in Ireland training last week, Ringrose impressed
16:30 - Does he have plans to join up with the Irish coaching ticket again?
19:50 - Is there reason to be hopeful about the Lions next few weeks?
21:30 - The selection headaches facing Warren Gatland ahead of the first test
25:00 - What is the difference between Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell?
26:50 - ROG on needing the pressure of goal kicking in a big game
30:00 - Kev on the pack that faces the Maori All Blacks on Saturday
33:00 - A theory why Peter O'Mahony is captaining for the Maori All Blacks game
35:30 - Predictions from ROG, Kev and Pat
38:30 - Andy Rowe from The Rugby Pod tells us about the feeling in New Zealand about the series
41:00 - The issue of referee interpretation is raising its head, the guys discuss it
46:00 - Andy runs us through the Maori All Black starting XV
51:00 - The New Zealand team to face Samoa on Friday and what it tells us about next Saturday
58:45 - Hayley O'Connor from Ladbrokes with Lions odds and the best bets for Ascot and the colour of the Queen's hat
On this week’s episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined in studio by Irish Independent rugby correspondent Cian Tracey to discuss all the latest rugby news.
The lads start with their belated reaction to the news that Andy Farrell will replace Joe Schmidt as Ireland head coach after the World Cup, with Luke saying that it’s a natural time to move on after a brilliant tenure.
Talk moves to Leinster’s strength in depth after their big win over the Dragons, with Will asking how the province is able to hold onto so much young talent.
Joey Carbery’s continued development at out-half, Ulster’s progress under Dan McFarland and Connacht’s good form are also up for debate.
1.45 - ROG to Crusaders
3.00 - The amount of respect for ROG in France
3.30 - Scott Robinson's reaction to ROG joining the Crusaders
5.30 - Mike Prendergast on coaching
7.00 - Coaching positions in Ireland
8.25 - Mike on the possibility of returning to Ireland
9.30 - Gaining experience
10.25 - Will Paul O'Connell return to coaching
12.30 - POC visiting Grenoble to get a taste of coaching
17.30 - Ireland's narrow win over Fiji
18.50 - Will Joey Carberry move?
21.00 - The view of Ireland's performances from France
23.00 - How SA win against France went down with the French
25.00 - Ian McKinley interview
38.00 - Preview of the weekend's games
42.30 - The Wales Georgia debacle
49.10 - Twitter questions with James Downey
Ronan O'Gara and Geordan Murphy join SportsJOE's Pat McCarry and host Andy McGeady on the podcast.
Here's what the lads discussed this week.
00:30 - Inside the Racing 92 and Leicester Tigers training camps
05:00 - ROG on James Hart burning him on Instagram
06:20 - ROG on extra training
08:45 - Ronan talk about his upcoming role with Ireland
11:20 - Geordan on his future at Leicester Tigers after a raft of departures from the club
13:50 - Geordan Murphy on Joey Carbery's performance against Wasps and his potential
17:50 - Are Irish provinces good at managing 'wildcard' players?
21:45 - ROG and Geordan on the importance of players like Duncan Williams in a squad
26:50 - Are Leinster and Munster back at the top table of European rugby?
30:00 - Ronan and Geordan on their semi final predictions
32:00 - ROG on visiting the Munster dressing room after their win over Toulouse
35:22 - How can players influence a referee during a game?
38:35 - ROG explains why Mick Galwey was so good with referees
39:14 - Why Martin Johnson wasn't allowed talk to referees at the World Cup in 2003
44:15 - Geordan and ROG on that Willie Le Roux mistake
47:42 - Pat McCarry talks us through this weekend's Pro12 action
50:25 - Hayley O'Connor from Ladbrokes gives us a Pro12 accumulator and a few tips for Aintree