The XV - Audio Articles
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
There is a problem with money every tour
Season 1, Ep. 12
Money, says Sonatane Takulua, is always the problem. Tonga’s captain is fed up of modest wages seldom arriving on time, when they are paid at all.
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Seven wonders of the world for 2022
Season 1, Ep. 11
Will Owen looks back at some of the rugby names we learnt in 2021 and predict what 2022 may hold for them.
Sunday, January 9, 2022
Polledri sees light at end of the tunnel
Season 1, Ep. 10
There were few more glorious sights than Jake Polledri with ball in hand. Grabbing a fistful of defenders, he would swat them aside with gleeful disdain; one after the other, they came and went; his giant legs hammering away like pistons, crushing any hopes they had of bringing him down.
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Nick Tompkins Interview
Season 1, Ep. 9
If fans thought the life of a professional rugby player was all sponsorship deals, coffee shop get-togethers and Instagramming, they would be disabused of that notion by speaking to Nick Tompkins, the livewire Saracens and Wales midfielder. For all the glamorous trips to Munich, Miami and Verbier in Saracens’ past, when The XV spoke to the 26-year-old, he was in Chislehurst, Kent, helping the ‘old man’ with odd-jobs.
Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Warming the bench for a once-in-a-generation talent
Season 1, Ep. 8
Antoine Dupont celebrated his nomination last week as World Rugby’s player of the year by collecting another accolade last Saturday. This one was more mundane, a man of the match award for his outstanding performance for Toulouse in their Champions Cup victory over Cardiff. So stupendous was the French scrum-half that he left Sam Warburton in the television commentary box almost speechless in wonderment.
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
From Youngs pretender to the throne of England
Season 1, Ep. 7
Despite the theoretically simple nature of the No9 position, the evolution of attacking shape requires its half-backs to have an encyclopedic knowledge of how to maintain structure, play at the right tempo and move forward. Ben Youngs arrived before Aaron Smith but has outstayed the retirement of Will Genia. While he doesn’t quite gain the plaudits of these two as the best scrum-half on the planet, he’s consistently in the conversation for the top four or five.
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Allez les Bleus: How France went from meek to magnificent
Season 1, Ep. 6
France are back, and isn’t the rugby world a whole lot brighter for it? Saturday’s stunning domination of the All Blacks felt like a seminal victory for a team that has come of age under Fabien Galthie.
Monday, November 22, 2021
The life of a head coach - Graham Simmons
Season 1, Ep. 5
Graham Simmons takes a fascinating and in-depth look at the behind-the-scenes life and hard grind of a professional rugby coach.
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Rugby’s eligibility laws relics of a bygone era - Gregor Paul
Season 1, Ep. 4
Eligibility is a difficult business for World Rugby to get right. Policy is governed by one overwhelming objective, which is to preserve the integrity of the international game and while that may seem relatively simple to achieve, it is most definitely not.