No de­ci­sion made on fu­ture – Sav­age

Gloucestershire Echo - - RICHARDSON REPORT -

GLOUCES­TER lock Tom Sav­age in­sists noth­ing has been de­cided about his fu­ture.

Sav­age, 29, is ap­proach­ing the end of his con­tract and it is thought he has re­ceived lu­cra­tive of­fers to play in Ja­pan with Mu­nakata Sanix Blues and Honda Heat re­port­edly in­ter­ested.

Sav­age was coy when asked about his fu­ture but said: “Noth­ing sorted as yet.

“I’ve seen there are a few ru­mours fly­ing about but I’m sure when I know what’s go­ing on, you guys will be the first guys to find out.”

Sav­age has made 191 ap­pear­ances for Glouces­ter since join­ing from Hart­pury in 2012 and had ap­peared in ev­ery Premier­ship game for three sea­sons un­til an in­jury at the start of the cur­rent cam­paign ended that run.

He has started the last three games in all com­pe­ti­tions af­ter a two-week ban, help­ing them beat Ex­eter 24-17 in their re­turn to Premier­ship ac­tion.

“I came off the back of a ban and so it’s been dis­jointed but the squad have been work­ing their socks off,” said Sav­age.

“We’ve had an in­ter­nal re­view of how the team’s go­ing mid-sea­son and worked on a lot of things be­hind the scenes so credit to the boys who put the work in and I think the fit­ness lev­els were awe­some so the play­ers who came back from in­jury and haven’t played for a while I think did re­ally well.”

The com­pe­ti­tion for places in the sec­ond row is among the fiercest in the squad and Sav­age started along­side South Africa in­ter­na­tional Franco Mostert for the first time against the Chiefs.

Sav­age said: “He’s ob­vi­ously got great in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence and he’s been play­ing at a higher level for a long time but just his work-rate, his fit­ness, he’s a nice calm head in the li­ne­out.

“Me try­ing to keep up with him in phase plays is the tough­est part of it.”

Sav­age ad­mit­ted the fi­nal few mo­ments against Ex­eter were stress­ful as Ben Mor­gan’s try put Glouces­ter ahead with four min­utes left be­fore they had to de­fend res­o­lutely on their own try line.

“We knew it was a huge game and if your dis­ci­pline’s poor, Chiefs are go­ing to put you in the cor­ner like they did at the end and you’re go­ing to be bat­tling for the game,” said Sav­age.

“Credit to ev­ery­one, it was a mas­sive shift from a lot of play­ers in the squad and it was great to grind out the win.

“We had some well worked tries, we’ll prob­a­bly re­view it and say we did leave some out there but there’s al­ways things to work on.”

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