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Ryan Tubridy and Irish rugby star Sean O’Brien to face off in first ever Late Late Plough Off

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Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy is to face off against rugby international Sean O’Brien as the chatshow holds its first ever Plough Off live on Friday night.

Ryan is no stranger to ploughing, of course, having first turned his hand to churning the sod at last year’s National Ploughing Championships.

However, he’ll be hoping to do slightly better on Friday night but he faces tough competition in the form of Sean O’Brien, whose farming background will definitely come in handy.

As well as taking on the Plough Off challenge, Carlow man Sean 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.

Anna May McHugh will also 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 be telling viewers what it was like to be a woman working in the male dominated world of farming when she got involved with the championships, 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.

Author Marian Keyes has sold more than 35 million books and been translated into 36 languages, and she’ll be on the couch to tell us 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’, making the transition from hugely successful comedian to serious actor; spending some of his early years living in Ireland and his ambitions to enter politics at the next UK General Election.

All that and more including music from Paul Carrack and The Stunning.

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