Always one to plough his own furrow, Ryan Tubridy will face off against Ireland rugby international Sean O'Brien on the first ever Late Late Show Plough-Off on Friday night.

Booterstown boy Tubs is no stranger to ploughing having first turned his hand to turning the sod at last year’s National Ploughing Championships but how he will do when faced with O’Brien, whose farming background will definitely come in handy?

As well as taking on the Plough-Off challenge, Carlow man O’Brien will be on the couch to chat about his storming performance for the Lions, battling for Ireland on the rugby field and our chances in the upcoming Autumn International series.

Also on Friday night's Late Late, ahead of the championships at Screggan, Tullamore from September 19 to 21, National Ploughing Association chief Anna May McHugh will be in studio to discuss how she took the National Ploughing Championships from humble beginnings to one of the biggest gatherings in Europe.

She’ll reveal what it was like to be a woman working in the male-dominated world of farming when she got involved with the championships. She will also discuss her life-long love of rural life, why she’s never revealed her age and why she won’t be hanging up her wellies anytime soon.   

Marian Keyes

Author Marian Keyes, who has sold more than 35 million books and been translated into 36 languages, will talk about her latest novel The Break and chat to Ryan about family, "Himself" and surviving tough times.

Comedian Eddie Izzard will be in studio to chat about playing royalty in the new film Victoria and Abdul, in which he plays Queen Victoria;s convincing son Bertie, making the transition from hugely successful comedian to serious actor; spending some of his early years living in Co Down, and his ambitions to enter politics at the next UK General Election.

Music comes from The Stunning and singer and keyboardist Paul Carrack, who has worked with The Smiths, Genesis, Roxy Music and Squeeze. 

The Late Late Show, Friday, RTÉ One, September 8, 9.35pm.