Tom Savage

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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What have we learned from Munster’s preseason win over London Irish?

By Tom Savage / August 23, 2018 /

As preseason friendlies go, this was about as good an early work out as you Munster could have wanted. The game was played at a decent pace – the brand new 3G surface saw to that – and there was an edge to the physical exchanges that will have pleased both coaches. This was a…

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van Graan’s Munster look to convert hard lessons into silverware

By Tom Savage / August 16, 2018 /

The task facing Munster this season is simple in description, but incredibly difficult in application. Improve. Sure, every team is trying to improve, even double winners like Leinster, but the want alone isn’t enough especially when it comes to progressing in the Heineken Cup. Over the last two seasons, Munster have reached something of a…

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