Rest In Peace Steve Savage

Date: 15 Nov 2017


Everyone at Wasps was saddened by the sudden death of Steve Savage in Germany this week.

Steve, 60, passed away while working for World Rugby as the citing officer at the match between Germany and Brazil in Leipzig.

A hugely respected figure around the game, as a player Steve represented Nuneaton and Nuneaton Old Edwardians, where he was club captain.

He will perhaps be best remembered for his later career as an official, rising swiftly to the RFU National Panel during the 1990s.

Steve officiated in the Premiership, Heineken Cup and at a number of internationals, juggling his commitments as a PE Teacher at Woodlands and Stoke Park schools in Coventry.

He went on to become RFU Referee Manager and became a citing officer in recent years, often seen at the Ricoh Arena for Premiership and European matches.

Jimmy Gopperth, who has been helping to coach Nuneaton Old Edwardians the past couple of seasons, following Steve’s invitation, extended his deepest condolences on behalf of everyone at Wasps saying, “Steve was hugely respected throughout the rugby community, especially in Coventry and Warwickshire. He was very welcoming to both Craig [Hampson] and myself when we took the coaching job at Nuneaton Old Ed’s, where he was DOR and a past player. 

"The club are very saddened by the news of Steve’s passing and send our condolences to all Steve’s family and friends.”