Graham Green The End Of The Affair Penguin 1975 Page 175 I am afraid I've never been able to pray much, Henry said, since I was a boy I used to pray to go into the second xv. And did you? I got into the third. I'm afraid that kind of prayer isn't much good, is it, father? · What does xv refer to? Rugby, perhaps? I would be grateful if anyone kindly paraphrase the sentence and give the literal as well as the figurative meaning thereof.