Tom Savage

Tom Savage: Huge pressure on professional athletes to secure their future

By Tom Savage / February 5, 2021 /

When I was a teenager, I thought the world operated on a set of rules. You do well in the Leaving Cert and that means you can go to college. If you get your degree in college you get to go out and get a job related to your degree and then, that was your…

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Tom Savage: When you’re the goalkicker, the pressure hits different

By Tom Savage / January 27, 2021 /

Tom Savage looks at the scrutiny that goalkickers face and the lessons Munster and JJ Hanrahan can take from the Leinster defeat.

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Tom Savage: Leinster will be a big challenge but this Munster team can beat them

By Tom Savage / January 20, 2021 /

“Right now, this is my rival, this is the person that beat me. So it immediately makes him stand out above everyone else. Jon Jones’ been going on this whole thing how this is no different than any other fight and if that’s his approach, great. But I know there’s more to it. I will…

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Balancing The Needs Of The Now Versus Long Term Player Development

By Tom Savage / January 13, 2021 /

I spoke last week about how Ulster needed to have a look at bridging the gap between someone they feel is their future – David McCann – and their immediate needs in the short term in Marcel Coetzee’s absence. I think Munster have given an illustration of how this could work over the last two…

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Munster have the young assets to ‘rebalance’ squad and maximise performance

By Tom Savage / January 6, 2021 /

Everything is inevitable after it happens. You look back at Munster’s glorious strech from, say, the 21st of January 2006 to the 24th of May 2008 where they picked up iconic wins and two European Cups and everything that had to happen to lead Munster to that point, did happen. Declan Kidney left his Leinster…

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Tom Savage: Healy rumours highlight need for smart investment from Munster

By Tom Savage / December 10, 2020 /

Tom Savage of Three Red Kings looks at the young talent coming through at Munster and the need to hold onto them

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“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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