Tom Savage

“Dumping Results On One Player’s Error Isn’t Just Cruel, It’s Not Even Analysis”

By Tom Savage / November 20, 2020 /

Being a pro rugby player is class. You get paid to train, push some iron around and then play in games where, if you’re lucky, you’ll get to do cool stuff and have every think that you’re unreal, at least for a time. Look at Ben Healy against the Scarlets. Clock in the red, a…

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Tom Savage: Ireland need to learn from their mistakes or face full reset

By Tom Savage / November 4, 2020 /

Ireland’s recent loss in Paris felt especially disappointing. Not just because it was an 8 point loss when a 7 point win would have secured the championship – although that doesn’t help – but because of the manner of the performance.  Forget about Stockdale’s late consolation try because it wasn’t any kind of consolation, really.…

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Personal responsibility on players to keep the show on the road

By Tom Savage / October 28, 2020 /

We’ve got a lot of rugby ahead of us over the next few months. There’s Super Saturday in the Six Nations, the PRO14, the very Pro Evolution 5 sounding Autumn Nations Cup and that’s before we consider the return of the European Champions Cup which, now that I think of it, is extremely Pro Evolution…

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“Form isn’t just temporary – I don’t think it exists”-Larmour, Zebo and form

By Tom Savage / October 21, 2020 /

Even before his unfortunate dislocated shoulder suffered away to Benetton, there were rumblings about Jordan Larmour and his “form” coming into the restarted Six Nations Championship as Ireland’s incumbent fullback off the back of some iffy performances for Leinster since the restart. Larmour’s work under the high ball has been the main focus of the…

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“Rugby is going through an evolution and it’s happening right in front of our eyes”

By Tom Savage / October 14, 2020 /

While I was waiting for the Glasgow vs Edinburgh game to start last Sunday I happened to catch one of the classic games that Eir often use to fill airtime on their sports channels. It was far from a “classic” game in the traditional sense of the word – it was a non-descript Division One…

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Tom Savage: Young players “have the ability to power Munster through the glass ceiling”

By Tom Savage / September 30, 2020 /

The ending of the locked-down 2019/20 season was a bad one for Munster Rugby. Losing to Leinster in a knockout game in Dublin has become an unpleasant yearly tradition for this Munster group but, for whatever reason, this season’s felt worse than the other two. Maybe it was the lockdown, maybe it was the rising…

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New attacking weapons have to be created ahead of Pro 14 return

By Tom Savage / September 9, 2020 /

I’m not sure why this semi-final hurt more than the last two. Maybe third time’s the charm. Either way, three days out from another defeat to a Leinster side that seems to have forgotten how to lose I’m sitting here feeling the sting. Another semi-final loss to Leinster. Another fever dream of Gordon D’Arcy’s disembodied…

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It’s time to go to work for Munster as season comes to a head on Friday

By Tom Savage / September 1, 2020 /

So it comes down to this. A season like no other, disrupted by a global pandemic, comes to a head this Friday night in an empty Aviva Stadium. It’s a Guinness PRO14 semi-final. It’s a trip to Dublin and it’s Leinster standing between Munster and a chance at silverware. Feels familiar, doesn’t it? This has been…

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Snyman’s injury continues unfortunate pattern for Munster signings

By Tom Savage / August 26, 2020 /

A few hundred people showed up at Cork airport in 2003 to welcome a slightly confused looking Christian Cullen to Munster. Cullen was one of the very best back three players in the sport at the time and if you’re looking for a modern-day comparison, imagine signing the Cheslin Kolbe we know today – that…

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Influx of top South African sides can be a huge positive in a potential PRO16

By Tom Savage / July 15, 2020 /

Money talks, bullshit walks. When it comes to rugby union post-Coronavirus, I think that idiom will become money shouts through a megaphone, bullshit sprints away to the airport with papers flying out of its suitcase. It’s not as catchy, I’ll give you that. The Coronavirus interrupted the world – you might have noticed that over the…

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