Tom Savage

The right recruitment is pivotal to Munster’s and van Graan’s future

By Tom Savage / January 10, 2019 /

We’re coming to the time of year when a coach and organisation start making hard decisions when it comes to player recruitment. Munster, for example, will be making decisions with regards to who stays, who heads off and who, potentially, comes in around this time of year so it’s a stressful time to say the…

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Missed opportunity for Munster in France

By Tom Savage / December 20, 2018 /

Munster just weren’t clinical enough to get the job done when the job needed doing. The thuggery that went unpunished by Wayne Barnes almost takes place in a separate universe to the matter of the result. Sure, had Kockott seen red in the build-up to Castres try and Conway awarded a penalty try for the…

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Contract rumours part and parcel of media commentary but is there more to it?

By Tom Savage / December 13, 2018 /

Hi Tom, the 12 contract announcements earlier in the week really struck me as good business, especially with how quickly Earls, Murray, Kleyn, Farrell and others were wrapped up earlier in the season. But I have to say that I was a little surprised when compared to the ‘drama’ of previous seasons. What was different…

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Sport is fun – Try to enjoy it

By Tom Savage / December 6, 2018 /

Not every rugby game is good but there’s something good in every rugby game. I wrote this stupid little sentence down in my t-shirt ideas pad a few years ago and disregarded it because (a) it’s twee and (b) not one single soul would part with their hard-earned euros to buy it. It’s an Instagram…

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Savour the moments as they may not come again

By Tom Savage / November 21, 2018 /

Perspective can wait. In this sports media game, I’ve learned that looking too far ahead of yourself can lead to a joyless experience. It wasn’t long after Ireland’s Grand Slam win over England – in Twickenham of all places – that talk began to take a turn to “yeah, but what about the World Cup?”.…

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Ireland need to lay down physical marker against the All Blacks in Aviva

By Tom Savage / November 13, 2018 /

Rugby is a game where everyone talks about respect when there’s a live mic or a reporter around. When there are no mics or no mouthy reporters around, the “respect” changes a little, into something a little more coarse. If you’ve ever been in a rugby changing room, you’ll know that the way you talk…

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Hype is no bad thing when the talent is real

By Tom Savage / November 8, 2018 /

“He wouldn’t get too carried away. Each game is a learning experience for him – because you kind of forget how young he is – so he knows that every game he plays is bigger than the previous one. He’ll take advantage of every opportunity but he knows himself there’s stuff to work on.” The…

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O’Mahony grunt paved the way for Scannell kick for glory

By Tom Savage / November 1, 2018 /

The headlines are Rory Scannell’s, and rightly so. Kicking the winner with the clock gone red from forty-five metres out against your biggest in-conference rivals is the kind of stuff you dream about doing when you’re a kid (and a back). The images of Scannell’s kick and the resultant celebration are the ones that’ll be…

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Munster’s ‘identity’ is safe for now

By Tom Savage / October 25, 2018 /

“Munster’s best performers on the day both came from outside the province. Tadhg Beirne … what are the other Munster pack members doing when this guy is doing his stuff?” – Neil Francis, Irish Independent. If you bought the Irish Independent on Sunday you’ll have seen the above in the aftermath of Munster’s win over…

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Williams redemption in Exeter should silence boo boys but it won’t

By Tom Savage / October 18, 2018 /

“Feck off Scrumcap, you’re no good,” bellowed the man in the red woolly hat into the cold Cork night air. His friends chuckled. Everyone else in the terrace shifted awkwardly. Duncan Williams had just knocked on the ball at a ruck and the crowd had gone silent – after the groans, that is. Every stadium…

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