Tom Savage

Future is bright for province’s young stars

By Tom Savage / April 4, 2019 /

I was delighted to see the emergence of some young Munster players into the national rugby consciousness over the course of the U20 Six Nations. What Munster fan wouldn’t? The likes of Craig Casey, Josh Wycherley, Jake Flannery, Jonathan Wren and John Hodnett, along with guys like Ben Healy and Sean French have massive potential…

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Munster & Ireland’s Craig Casey ticking all the right boxes

By Tom Savage / March 29, 2019 /

There was one name trending on Irish Twitter during Ireland u20’s win over France and subsequent Six Nations Championship win – Craig Casey. I know Twitter tailors your trends to your interests but, to put it in perspective, the only other guys I’ve seen trending during games are the likes of Peter O’Mahony, Johnny Sexton,…

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Bleyendaal’s new deal may combine playing and coaching

By Tom Savage / March 14, 2019 /

They call him “The General”. As squad nicknames go, it’s a pretty good one. You don’t get a nickname like that for nothing in a rugby squad. Normally they’re just not that, I don’t know, cool? So for Tyler Bleyendaal to be referred to as “The General” is something special. To get a nickname like…

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Idea of Ireland holding back for the World Cup doesn’t hold up

By Tom Savage / March 7, 2019 /

I’ve been hearing an awful lot as of late about the possibility of Joe Schmidt “holding things back” for the World Cup and this, somehow, is an explanation for some of Ireland’s below par performances. I don’t think that Schmidt is holding any significant stuff back for the World Cup.  A lot of Ireland’s issues over…

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Signing new players is always a difficult process

By Tom Savage / February 28, 2019 /

There are all kinds of moving parts to consider before that announcement goes up on the Munster Rugby website. First, let’s assume that you’ve spotted a hole in your squad that you need to fill with a NIQ player that is at least two years away from being filled by a high potential Irish developed…

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

By Tom Savage / February 14, 2019 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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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