Tom Savage

Carbery remains the best option to help Munster end drought

By Tom Savage / July 6, 2020 /

JOEY CARBERY has played 17 times for Munster since his acrimonious move south in the summer of 2018. It feels like more, and less, all at the same time. I think that’s mostly down to the impact he had on-field in that short time. Think of the Gloucester away game, his goal kicking against Exeter,…

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“This place is for crazy people,” the voice would say “and you’re not crazy”

By Tom Savage / June 23, 2020 /

You may or may not know that last August – coming up on a year ago now – I was admitted to a psych unit at 1 AM on a Sunday morning with my life, as it was, in tatters. My mental health had been deteriorating for a good long while at that point. I…

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Discipline needed for our beloved sporting action to return

By Tom Savage / May 6, 2020 /

COVID 19 has changed the world in some ways that are obvious and in ways that we haven’t even imagined. It struck me today as I was walking along a road in the middle of nowhere near my house. At a certain point, I became aware that I was probably nearing the 2km radius mandated…

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An in depth look at what an attacking rugby shape actually is

By Tom Savage / April 25, 2020 /

Forget about forward formations and stuff like that for a moment. Break it down as simply as you can. Ultimately, it’s about aligning yourself in a lateral structure that best takes advantage of your forwards’ skill set and physical strengths to manipulate the opposition defence so you can score more points than them and win…

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Five year rule could see the end of project players

By Tom Savage / April 7, 2020 /

NO CLUB makes signings without a plan. Well, that’s not true actually. Some clubs (in France, mainly) just look at who the biggest name they can sign is and just throw money at that guy until he signs. When you see a top player rocking up to a club and struggling because they need quality…

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Size Does Matter When it Comes to Modern Rugby

By Tom Savage / March 31, 2020 /

THE DAYS of rugby being a game for all shapes and sizes is long gone. That’s not 100% true, of course. There are exceptions where you can afford to carry smaller, more skilful players without penalty.  Scrum half, fly half and one of your wingers. You can maybe carry a smaller hooker and back row,…

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Italian Job Was One That Turned Out To Have Many Roles

By Tom Savage / March 18, 2020 /

I WASN’T meant to be playing that day. I wasn’t meant to be playing at all actually now that I think about it. It was five or six years ago. I was in Italy working as a part-time performance analyst, a part-time underage coach, a part-time Venetian tour guide, part-time barman, and part-time waiter And…

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Snyman is the type of player that could bring silverware to Munster

By Tom Savage / March 11, 2020 /

RG SNYMAN is a game changer for Munster Rugby. In some ways, he is more of a “final piece in the puzzle” than even Damian De Allende. Let me explain why. First, I wrote a little about potential signings back in February for a Three Red Kings Mailbag and identified three areas where I thought…

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Gallagher signing is a very good bit of business by Munster

By Tom Savage / February 26, 2020 /

MATT GALLAGHER on a two-year deal is the very definition of a good get for Munster. With all the hubbub of the Six Nations, and the presence of RG Snyman and Damien De Allende in the same press release, it would be easy to forget Munster’s acquisition of this player. Would he be heading to…

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Despite the European exit Munster are on the right track

By Tom Savage / February 19, 2020 /

CHANGE happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change. For Munster, the pain of staying the same was a series of defeats to the very top tier of European rugby in knockout rugby – Racing 92, Saracens and Leinster – over three seasons. Munster were good, one of…

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