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Rugby Quotations - International Duty

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
After England had been humbled by New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final - 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)
Don't ask me about emotions in the Welsh dressing room. I'm someone who cries when he watches Little House on the Prairie.
Robert Norster (1994)
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)
Following Scotland's accusations of French foul play- If you can't take a punch, you should play table tennis.
Pierre Berbizier (1995)
Most Misleading Campaign of 1991: England's rugby World Cup squad, who promoted a scheme called 'Run with the Ball'. Not, unfortunately, among themselves.
Time Out (1991)
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)
On his son Huw's choice to play for England- I knew he would never play for Wales ... he's tone deaf.
Vemon Davies (1981)
On playing for Wales at Lansdowne Road, Dublin - I didn't know what was going on at the start in the swirling wind. The flags were all pointing in different directions and I thought the Irish had starched them just to fool us.
Mike Watkins (1984)
On Wales losing 28-9 against Australia -No leadership, no ideas. Not even enough imagination to thump someone in the line-up when the ref wasn't looking.
J.P.R. Williams (1984)
Pre-game pep talk before facing England - 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 (1977)
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 (1960)
Rugby is picking the ball from the back of the scrum in 1974 and scoring a try against Wales at Twickenham and realising 'I sort of hit it and it was in the back of the net, Brian' is fairly appropriate.
Andy Ripley
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)
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)
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 (1989)

 

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