Tom Savage

Leinster surplus in the back row could be just the ticket for all

By Tom Savage / February 12, 2020 /

WHEN YOU owe the bank €1000, you’ve got a problem. When you owe the bank €100,000,000, they’ve got a problem. I love that phrase. It encapsulates the balance of power between two states of being quite perfectly, I think. If you’re the bank, it’s better to keep your borrowers in line because, if things get…

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Despite all the noise Murray still deserves his starting spot

By Tom Savage / February 5, 2020 /

Life isn’t easy for scrum halves. They touch the ball more than anyone else, so much in fact that they can almost blend into the background of a game until they do something that pushes the perception of their overall performance up or down. Score a try? Up. Fumble the ball at a breakdown? Down.…

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Balance of youth and experience needed for Six Nations

By Tom Savage / January 29, 2020 /

EVERYONE wants to develop new stars until it coincides with losing one too many games. Ireland are at a point where, realistically speaking, we’re in need of a bit of a reset and a reshuffle in a few positions in the side. The back row, back three, half-back, loosehead, hooker, and bench options need a…

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European exit may turn out to be a blessing in disguise

By Tom Savage / January 23, 2020 /

MUNSTER have some space now. It isn’t space they want but it’s space they have all the same. Not being in the Champions Cup knockout stages frees up at least six weeks of pre and post time compared to the last three seasons.  Sure, it’s a bit like not having to pay for dinner because…

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OPINION: Want and desire is not an issue in Munster

By Tom Savage / January 15, 2020 /

One a great wind came and began to tug at the walls of the farmer’s new cottage.  First, the eaves started to rumble. Then the walls shook. Then the windows blew in and scattered glass and rain all over the rooms of the house. The farmer and his family managed to escape just as the…

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OPINION: Pressure on van Graan is no surprise given run of form

By Tom Savage / January 8, 2020 /

Any Head Coach or Director of Rugby is going to have to take that criticism at some point or another and this is the same with every team sport where coaches have authority. When you’re winning, you get people repeating your buzzwords Just think how many times you’ve heard people talk about “fight for every…

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OPINION: Season of goodwill is also the season of opportunity

By Tom Savage / December 18, 2019 /

I had to write it, but I didn’t want to. Even still, Munster were a poor decision in the last five minutes away from possibly coming away with a losing bonus point. That moment, choosing to go down the line rather than kick for the posts from just inside the 10m line on the 15m…

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Schmidt left the Ireland set up in a better place despite the criticism

By Tom Savage / December 12, 2019 /

Did you ever read a book you didn’t like? I have and I’m sure you have. I’ve read plenty but the one that really stands out was Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”. Firstly, the name is stupid because “Da Vinci” means “of Vinci” where Leonardo was born rather than it being a surname as…

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Old values have to be met with new philosophy to breed success

By Tom Savage / December 4, 2019 /

What has always been successful won’t always be successful. It’s true for soccer, just as true as it is for rugby. Just because you have always been successful doesn’t mean that you always will be. Just ask Manchester United, or Arsenal. Go back in time 10 years and tell fans of both clubs that, in…

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“Number on a jersey doesn’t always represent the role fulfilled”

By Tom Savage / November 27, 2019 /

My email went off again during a stream. It made a change from going off during a podcast recording after I forget to close the mail program, again, so that at least was a welcome surprise. I love receiving a non-spam email so when I saw that this email had a real person’s name attached…

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