For an 18-month suspension, I feel I probably
should have torn it off. Then at least I could say, 'Look, I've
returned to South Africa with the guy's ear.' Johan le Roux After biting Sean Fitzpatrick's ear.
I may not have been very tall or very athletic, but the one
thing I did have was the most effective backside in world rugby. Jim Glennon Irish rugby player.
A bomb under the West car park at Twickenham on an international
day would end fascism in England for a generation. Philip Toynbee
A major rugby tour by the British Isles to New Zealand is a
cross between a medieval crusade and a prep school outing. John Hopkins
I don't know about us not having a Plan B when things went wrong,
we looked like we didn't have a Plan A. Geoff Cooke After England had been humbled by New Zealand
in the World Cup semi-final, 1995.
Look what these bastards have done to Wales. They've taken our
coal, our water, our steel. They buy our houses and they only
live in them for a fortnight every 12 months. What have they
given us? Absolutely nothing. We've been exploited, raped, controlled
and punished by the English - and that's who you are playing
this afternoon. Phil Bennett Pre-game pep talk before facing England,
Tony Ward is the most important rugby player in Ireland. His
legs are far more important to his country than even those of
Marlene Dietrich were to the film industry. A little hairier,
maybe, but a pair of absolute winners. C.M.H. Gibson Wales v Ireland match programme (1979).
We've lost seven of our last eight matches. Only team that we've
beaten was Western Samoa. Good job we didn't play the whole
of Samoa. Gareth Davies Welsh rugby player, 1989.
England's coach Jack Powell, an immensely successful businessman,
has the acerbic wit of Dorothy Parker and, according to most
New Zealanders, a similar knowledge of rugby. Mark Reason Total Sport (1996).
Rugby is not like tea, which is good only in England, with English
water and English milk. On the contrary, rugby would be better,
frankly, if it were made in a Twickenham pot and warmed up in
a Pyrenean cauldron. Dennis LaLanne
The French selectors never do anything by halves; for the first
international of the season against Ireland they dropped half
the three-quarter line. Nigel Starmer-Smith BBC TV (1974).
The job of Welsh coach is like a minor part in a Quentin Tarantino
film: you stagger on, you hallucinate, nobody seems to understand
a word you say, you throw up, you get shot. Poor old Kevin Bowring
has come up through the coaching structure so he knows what
it takes ... 15 more players than Wales have at present. Mark Reason Total Sport (1996).
The only hope for the England rugby union team is to play it
all for laughs. It would pack them in if the public address
system at Twickenham was turned up full blast to record the
laughs at every inept bit of passing, kicking or tackling. The
nation would be in fits ... and on telly the BBC would not need
a commentator but just a tape of that Laughing Policeman, turning
it loud at the most hilarious bits. Jim Rivers Letter to The Guardian (1979).
This looks a good team on paper, let's see how it looks on grass. Nigel Mellville On England's new look against Australia,
You can go to the end of time, the last World Cup in the history
of mankind, and the All-Blacks will be favourites for it. Phil Kearns
Mothers keep their photo on the mantelpiece to stop the kids
going too near the fire. Jim Noilly On the Munster pack, BBC TV 1995.
Your hands can't catch what your eyes can't see. Martin Offiah Nike rugby boot advert 1993.
Rugby is played by men with odd shaped balls. Car bumper sticker
The pub is as much a part of rugby as is the playing field. John Dickenson
The women sit, getting colder and colder, on a seat getting
harder and harder, watching oafs, getting muddier and muddier. Virginia Graham US writer and commentator, referring to
the 'muddied oafs' image conjured up by Rudyard Kipling in his
poem 'The Islanders' (1903).