Rank #1: Episode 4: Charlie Atkinson
Back again with another corker of an episode. This week we're very lucky to be joined by young Charlie Atkinson of Wasps. This season has been his breakthrough seeing Charlie make his first starts for the club and completing his first 80 minutes of professional rugby and scoring his first European and Premiership points.
Charlie enlightens us about what its been like in his progression from academy and school level rugby. He talks to us about that dual with Owen Farrell in the summer which ended with Charlie knocked out on the floor, and Owen red carded!
As well as this, we talk about what its been like as a 18 year old living away from home and living his dream despite these weird COVID-19 times. Charlie provides fascinating, insightful and funny stories of his albeit brief but successful career and what is next for him.
Massive congratulations to Charlie on his recent call up to England U20's and we wish him the best of luck for the rest of the season and thank him massively for giving up his time.
P.s. if you do get an opportunity do give the video a watch to see the results of his squad fine! Trust us its worth it!
Jan 16 2021
Rank #2: Episode 3: Billy Meakes
Today we're joined by current London Irish, Australia sevens and soon to be LA Giltinis player Billy Meakes.
Billy talks to us about his career in Australia, in England and his thoughts looking forward about going out to the MLR to play in LA at the Colosseum. Billy also shares with us his stories from his time with the Barbarians and the crazy time he endured while playing in the famous black and white.
Billy also talks to us about his extra-curricular hobbies which include yoga and how he thinks they effect and support his game, and why he finds it so relieving and helpful.
A massive thanks to Billy for jumping on the podcast and we wish him the best of luck in America and hope we can have him back on soon to catch up on his latest adventure.
Jan 09 2021
Rank #3: Episode 2: Ollie Phillips
Happy New Year one and all! What better way to start 2021 than with a cracking podcast.
Today we are very fortunate to be joined by former England 7's captain Ollie Phillips. Ollie talks to us about his career in both XV's and 7's which took him all over the world playing with the very best the world had to offer, including the likes of Jonny Wilkinson and Dan Norton. Ollie tells us stories from throughout his career which are amusing as well as insightful and give us a taste of the life of a professional sportsman competing with the very best.
Since he retired from rugby Ollie has embarked on numerous adventures for various charities and in doing so has also broken Guinness World Records. He reveals all about his trip to the North Pole to play the most northern game of rugby and his Everest attempt.
A fascinating and gripping listen with stories which you wouldn't hear anywhere else. A massive thanks for to Ollie for giving up his time to chat with us and we hope you all enjoy it.
Finally, congratulations to the winner of our latest giveaway sponsored by teamblazers. Keep an eye out on our instagram page for more opportunities to win prizes and enter competitions.
Jan 02 2021
Rank #4: Episode 1: Alex Payne
Series 3 Ladies and Gents!!
Matt and I are back with more rugby fun. In todays episode we are joined by rugby broadcasting royalty in Alex Payne. Alex started out his career at Sky getting tea and transformed into the youngest broadcaster Sky has had and has been a star for them ever since. He is also very successful in the podcast industry presenting with the likes of James Haskell and Mike Tindall.
In this episode Alex talks to us about stories from within his career, his trip down under as a young runner at Sky, to the nightmare which everyone has seen at Adams Park. An entertaining and insightful episode full of funny stories and tips for the young rugby fan seeking a career in rugby broadcasting.
Alex also talks to us about the current issues we see in rugby, including the latest news with regards to concussion and player safety and whether Exeter Chiefs have the potential to reach heights which no European team has before.
Many thanks to Alex for giving up his valuable time to speak to us.
Matt and I hope you have all had a very Happy Christmas and let's hope 2021 brings better luck for us all, and even better podcasts.
Dec 26 2020
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Rank #5: Episode 10: England 7's Special
Gutted to say this is the last episode of the series but what a way to go out. Today we are joined by two more England 7's players who fill us in on the latest news coming out of England 7's.
Since the RFU budget cuts have meant that England 7's have no funding for the foreseeable future, both the men and the women have taken it into their own hands to raise the money they need to be able to go to the Olympics next summer. Abi Burton and Ben Harris tell us about their experiences in the last couple months going from training for a world series return to having to switch disciplines and sign contracts with Wasps and Saracens respectively to keep their careers afloat.
A talk about having to relearn how to scrum, catch and kick at the age of 20 is always going to be an entertaining one as well as getting the low down on the Saracens camp and the atmosphere within following their relegation.
A great podcast to end the series with and thanks to Ben and Abi for coming on and being such amazing guests. The link for the England 7's fundraising and to find out more about their unique situation is below. If you have a spare moment please do take a look and see if there's anything you think you can do. Some awesome experiences up for grabs and make sure you're following their instagram @englandrugbysevens which is documenting the entire rebuilding of the sevens programme following redundancy.
Matt and I will be back before you know it with more great guests but in the meantime don't forget to follow our instagram @thetapandgo where we're going to be holding competitions and votes and lots more as well as sneak peaks for series 3.
Oct 10 2020
Rank #6: Episode 9: Phil Vickery
The Raging Bull drops by the podcast today. Phil talks world XV's, World Cup final speeches, favourite meals and that famous tour from hell. A really enjoyable podcast with a very interesting and entertaining man. Find out all about the team morale and relationship which Phil said was one of the key and defining factors of that famous 2003 success.
If food is your thing Phil offers his very thorough and passionate opinions on the world of food and talks about the opening of his new restaurant no.3. Who knew a man who spent the first part of his life as a battering ram could have such a refined palate. To be fair to him who doesn't love a good ham and cheese sandwich.
A massive thanks to Phil for giving up his time and hope you all enjoy!
Oct 03 2020
Rank #7: Episode 8: Flip van der Merwe
Today we're joined by one of the greats of the game. Having won leagues in both South Africa and France and won over 30 caps with the Springboks he is one of the most decorated locks in the game.
Flip talks to us about his career and the rise from schoolboy rugby to playing with SA legends such as Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha. He also takes particular interest in the South African set up of today, and also names his favourite players in the game today. He also voices his opinion on one of the games stars who he thinks might not be everything he is said to be. Some terrific stories from our first African on the pod.
Massive thanks to Flip and hope you enjoy!
Sep 26 2020
Rank #8: Episode 7: Will Greenwood
Our second member of the 2003 World Cup Winning squad on the Podcast. Mr Will Greenwood gives us all of his views on the current issues in rugby, including the Owen Farrell incident, the Premiership restart and lots more.
We also talk about his career and the incident in which he was unconscious for around 17 minutes. A gripping, hilarious and very funny listen. It was very generous of Will to give up his time and come onto the podcast and to also share his expertise with us!
Hope you all enjoy as much as we did!
Sep 19 2020
Rank #9: Episode 6: Freddie Burns
We welcome former Bath and England fly half Freddie Burns onto the podcast this week. He talks to us about his England career and the journey which he went on to get there. His club career has has taken him all over the premiership where he was won silverware over the years. He also talks to us very openly about his feelings about Bath and how his dream return to his home club was ruined by the staff and how he felt he was treated poorly.
He now finds himself heading off to Japan, when quarantine allows, to play for the Shokki Shuttles and talks to us about the excitement of starting in a new continent and a different style of rugby which he believes will suit his game.
A massive thanks to Freddie for giving up his time and being so open about everything which made for a very interesting pod with some amusing stories about England tours mixed in there!
Technical issues meant Freddie was missing for the first half of this but this doesn't take away from what is a fantastic podcast. Enjoy!
Sep 12 2020
Rank #10: Episode 5: Brett Gosper
We promise variety on the Tap and Go and today we deliver this again. We are joined today by the CEO of World Rugby Brett Gosper, he talks to us about the hectic few months world rugby have gone through to try and enable the game to continue post Covid-19.
He explains the new rules which World Rugby are trialing in the coming months, the possibility of a global rugby league, how World Rugby aim to support and promote rugby in Tier 2 countries and a lot more. All fascinating issues which are explained in further depth than many will have read about before.
This is definitely an episode for the rugby nuts out there, a really interesting man with some really fascinating incite into rugby away from the field.
Man thanks to Brett for making time in his very busy schedule.
Sep 05 2020