They’re the insiders putting the big questions to the biggest personalities at the Tigers. If you haven’t listened to the club’s official podcast yet, then you can read all about it in the matchday programme at Friday’s derby at Welford Road.
The Talking Tigers podcast is hosted by Greg Bateman and Sam ‘Bondi’ Williamson, featuring stories from behind the scenes at the club.
“We knew what we wanted to do would be interesting for fans because it’s a different angle than they’re usually exposed to and there’s some great tales to tell from within the club,” says Greg.
“One thing we wanted to do with this podcast was humanise the people that fans only see as rugby players, board members, executives, coaches, sponsors and so on. At the end of the day, they’re people with lives away from rugby too.”
Guests so far have included chief executive Simon Cohen, World Cup winner and director Ben Kay, club captain Tom Youngs and his wife Tiff, Dan Cole and Mathew Tait. And there’s a lot more to come.
Co-host Sam says: “We could very easily have just chatted with Tom about being captain at Tigers and impact of Tiff’s battle with cancer. But, why not have her there to tell their story? I was more interested in what she had to say about Tom away from rugby and their journey through her successful battle with cancer. It’s a heck of a story and incredible insight into life off the pitch and impacts on those involved.”
You can listen to the Talking Tigers podcast using the official Tigers App, available to download now. If you’ve missed an episode, search ‘Talking Tigers’ on the club website. Look out on website, app and social media for release dates of future episodes and find out how you can get involved.
Also in Friday’s 100-page match programme, featuring Jake Kerr as the cover star as the club's newest international, you can read the views of chairman Peter Tom and head coach Geordan Murphy alongside Fanzone, Junior Tigers Club pages, academy news, an update from Matt Hampson and all the facts and figures behind the headlines. Pick your copy, price £3, around the stadium.