No decision made on future – Savage
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.”