In episode 1 of the new RTÉ Rugby podcast season, Neil Treacy is joined by Bernard Jackman and Fiona Hayes as they run the microscope over all four Irish provinces for the new campaign.

The panel also scrutinise the upcoming Emerging Ireland tour of South Africa, and ask whether or not it's a good idea for the IRFU to disrupt the provincial teams so early in the season.

Listen to the RTÉ Rugby podcast on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.

Follow the 2022/23 BKT United Rugby Championship across RTÉ radio, TV, RTÉ.ie/sport and the RTÉ News app.

Watch live coverage of Cardiff v Munster and Zebre Parma v Leinster (17 September) on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player.