“Rugby is a good occasion for keeping thirty bullies far from the center of the city.”

– Oscar Wilde

“After an All-Blacks surprise loss to the French in the 1999 Rugby World Cup: “The French are predictably unpredictable.”

– Andrew Mehrtens
After biting Sean Fitzpatrick’s ear: “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

“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

“I prefer rugby to soccer. I enjoy the violence in rugby, except when they start biting each other’s ears off.”

– Elizabeth Taylor

“Every time I went to tackle him, Horrocks went one way, Taylor went the other, and all I got was the bloody hyphen.”

– Nick England, On trying to stop Phil Horrocks-Taylor

“Rugby football is a game I can’t claim absolutely to understand in all its niceties, if you know what I mean. I can follow the broad, general principles, of course. I mean to say, I know that the main scheme is to work the ball down the field somehow and deposit it over the line at the other end and that, in order to squelch this program, each side is allowed to put in a certain amount of assault and battery and do things to its fellow man which, if done elsewhere, would result in 14 days without the option, coupled with some strong remarks from the Bench.”

– P. G. Wodehouse Very Good, Jeeves (1930)
“The only trophy we won this day, was the blood and sweat we left on the pitch…. and it was enough”
– Unknown 

“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 (1995), After England had been humbled by New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final

On England’s new look against Australia: “This looks a good team on paper, let’s see how it looks on grass.”

– Nigel Mellville (1984)

“The relationship between the Welsh and the English is based on trust and understanding. They don’t trust us and we don’t understand them.”

– Dudley Wood (1986)

“Remember that rugby is a team game; all 14 of you make sure you pass the ball to Jonah.”

– Anon fax to New Zealand team before the 1995 World Cup semi final against England 

“Anyone who doesn’t watch rugby league is not a real person. He’s a cow’s hoof, an ethnic or comes from Melbourne.”

– John Singleton in Australian (1981)

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