The XV - Audio Articles
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.
Polledri sees light at end of the tunnel
Season 1, Ep. 10
There were few more glorious sights thanJake Polledriwith 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.
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 toNick Tompkins, the livewireSaracensandWalesmidfielder. 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.
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 forToulousein 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.