Tom Savage

O’Brien exit is a hit that the IRFU can afford to take

By Tom Savage / February 14, 2019 / 0 Comments

Sean O’Brien is one of those “force of nature” type of players. One of those guys that you see on the opposition team sheet and think, fuck it, we’re in for a tough day at the office here. At his very best, O’Brien is borderline unplayable and pretty much has it all, bar a lineout…

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Tom Savage: “The IRFU can’t afford to select Irish players playing outside the provinces”

By Tom Savage / February 7, 2019 / 0 Comments

Robbie Henshaw’s troubles at fullback and the growing injury crisis in the second row have led to a lot of calls for the return of Simon Zebo and Donnacha Ryan to an Irish jersey this week. I don’t see it happening.  The trouble with selecting Simon Zebo or Donnacha Ryan for the Irish side isn’t…

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Tom Savage: “Schmidt’s Ireland Comfortable With Favourites Tag”

By Tom Savage / January 31, 2019 / 0 Comments

IF GOLIATH wiped David out with a meaty swipe of his right hand, it wouldn’t be remarkable enough to pass into myth, it would merely be the world acting like it should. Let’s be honest here – Goliath should have wiped the floor with David. He was 6’9”, he was jacked, he was covered in…

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Departing Keatley Owes Nothing to Munster’s Cause

By Tom Savage / January 24, 2019 / 0 Comments

I have two regrets in my time doing Three Red Kings and writing about rugby in general. The first is advocating the Icelandic Clap as something Munster supporters should do at Thomond Park – cringe, I know, I’m very sorry.  The second is the criticism I allowed to be levelled at Ian Keatley during the…

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Player privacy will surely only increase after Murray saga

By Tom Savage / January 17, 2019 / 0 Comments

The Conor Murray saga, such as it is, kicked off again last week with his words at a function in Limerick where he spoke about his “hurt” at the rumours that swirled around him in the aftermath of his decision to keep the details his neck injury private. Personally speaking, I cannot understand the furore…

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The right recruitment is pivotal to Munster’s and van Graan’s future

By Tom Savage / January 10, 2019 / 0 Comments

We’re coming to the time of year when a coach and organisation start making hard decisions when it comes to player recruitment. Munster, for example, will be making decisions with regards to who stays, who heads off and who, potentially, comes in around this time of year so it’s a stressful time to say the…

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Missed opportunity for Munster in France

By Tom Savage / December 20, 2018 / 0 Comments

Munster just weren’t clinical enough to get the job done when the job needed doing. The thuggery that went unpunished by Wayne Barnes almost takes place in a separate universe to the matter of the result. Sure, had Kockott seen red in the build-up to Castres try and Conway awarded a penalty try for the…

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Contract rumours part and parcel of media commentary but is there more to it?

By Tom Savage / December 13, 2018 / 0 Comments

Hi Tom, the 12 contract announcements earlier in the week really struck me as good business, especially with how quickly Earls, Murray, Kleyn, Farrell and others were wrapped up earlier in the season. But I have to say that I was a little surprised when compared to the ‘drama’ of previous seasons. What was different…

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Sport is fun – Try to enjoy it

By Tom Savage / December 6, 2018 / 0 Comments

Not every rugby game is good but there’s something good in every rugby game. I wrote this stupid little sentence down in my t-shirt ideas pad a few years ago and disregarded it because (a) it’s twee and (b) not one single soul would part with their hard-earned euros to buy it. It’s an Instagram…

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Savour the moments as they may not come again

By Tom Savage / November 21, 2018 / 0 Comments

Perspective can wait. In this sports media game, I’ve learned that looking too far ahead of yourself can lead to a joyless experience. It wasn’t long after Ireland’s Grand Slam win over England – in Twickenham of all places – that talk began to take a turn to “yeah, but what about the World Cup?”.…

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