Tom Savage

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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Refereeing performance in Leinster game not up to scratch

By Tom Savage / October 10, 2018 /

I played at #7 for most of my days slogging in rugby so it’s safe to say that referees and I don’t really get along all that well. There’s respect for them, sure, in so far as if they send me off I’ll leave the field, or award a dodgy penalty against me I’ll walk…

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OPINION: Rugby’s Panic Pundits akin to Pro-Wrestling heels

By Tom Savage / October 4, 2018 /

It’s the time of the year for overreaction. Whenever Munster play Leinster, a fever seems to descend on the rugby press of this great nation of ours and, all of a sudden, what has become a fairly commonplace annual loss in Dublin in early October morphs into something more “significant”. I throw those air quotes…

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OPINION: Who Wants to Know?

By Tom Savage / September 27, 2018 /

As a Corkman writing for a Limerick paper, I’m careful not to tread on sensitive inter-county lines when pressing send on this column. I try not to mention the inherent superiority of Barry’s Tea to whatever tea it is ye drink in Limerick, for example. I don’t mention how the River Lee is just straight…

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Munster’s squad depth the best it’s been for a decade.

By Tom Savage / September 20, 2018 /

Is it bordering on heresy to say that this Munster squad is as deep as it’s been since 2008? Maybe heresy isn’t the right word – pressurising, perhaps, would be more suitable. After all, if we’re to compare this squad, quality wise, with the Heineken Cup-winning squad of 2005-2008 we have to also look at…

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Joey Carbery took the road less travelled

By Tom Savage / September 13, 2018 /

The road that took Joey Carbery from the leafy surrounds of Ballsbridge to the Cratloe Road was a little more convoluted than the M7 but the end result was the same. Carbery in Limerick, in Munster, and primed for a shot at the Irish #10 jersey that would have been structurally impossible in a Leinster…

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Ospreys game crucial for early season confidence

By Tom Savage / September 13, 2018 /

This game against the Ospreys in the Guinness Pro14 has more significance than the September billing might suggest. After last Friday’s loss in Glasgow, Munster arrive in Cork this week with some things to rectify – some of them are old problems, some of them are new, but all of them are within the ability…

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Humble South African already looking like an inspired choice

By Tom Savage / September 6, 2018 /

Johann van Graan has long been considered a student of the game by people who pay attention. Long before he arrived at the High-Performance Centre last November, Van Graan had a burgeoning reputation as a progressive rugby mind who had potential that belied his low profile within the Springbok set up. Van Graan had been…

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Bringing Mathewson into the fold is smart business by Munster

By Tom Savage / August 30, 2018 /

There are few words in the English language that are sadder in a sequence than “Conor Murray is injured”, at least if you’re of a Munster persuasion or, around a test window, an Irish one. That’s the news that went public on Monday, with the news that we’ll likely be without Murray for the first…

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