Everyone at RUCK.co.uk was saddened by the sudden passing of Warwickshire rugby legend Steve Savage in Germany this week.
The 60-year-old passed away suddenly in Leipzig, where he was working for World Rugby as the citing officer at Saturday’s international between Germany and Brazil.
A hugely respected figure around the game, as a player Steve represented Nuneaton and Nuneaton Old Edwardians, where he was club captain.
The refereeing and rugby family sends its thoughts and prayers to Michelle and the family and friends of Steve “Snapper” Savage, former RFU National Panel Referee Manager and Premiership referee, who passed away today. Big character, even bigger heart. Sleep soundly “Snapper”.
— ER Refs Association (@ERRefereesAssoc) November 14, 2017
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.