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Each month, we produce a selection of audio narrated versions of some of The XV's most popular editorial articles so you can enjoy the best of The XV on the go, in the gym or on your commute to work.
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Each month, we produce a selection of audio narrated versions of some of The XV's most popular editorial articles so you can enjoy the best of The XV on the go, in the gym or on your commute to work.
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    There is a problem with money every tour

    There is a problem with money every tour

    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.
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    • 5 min
    Seven wonders of the world for 2022

    Seven wonders of the world for 2022

    Will Owen looks back at some of the rugby names we learnt in 2021 and predict what 2022 may hold for them.
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    • 9 min
    Polledri sees light at end of the tunnel

    Polledri sees light at end of the tunnel

    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.
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    • 11 min
    Nick Tompkins Interview

    Nick Tompkins Interview

    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.
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    • 12 min
    Warming the bench for a once-in-a-generation talent

    Warming the bench for a once-in-a-generation talent

    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.
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    • 10 min
    From Youngs pretender to the throne of England

    From Youngs pretender to the throne of England

    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.
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    • 7 min

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