Key quotes from Six Nations 2016 Launch

Date published: January 27 2016

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Keep up with a busy media day in London at the launch of the 2016 Six Nations.

The captains and coaches from all six countries are in attendance and we'll be bringing you key quotes from throughout the day.

Joe Schmidt on new Ireland captain Rory Best – "When the management got together he was just endorsed the feeling from the playing group. His performances have been first rate, he’s a consummate professional and as a farmer he’s got a lot of time on his hands to dedicate himself to the captaincy."

Schmidt on Jonathan Sexton – "He trained really well yesterday. There was no contact trainign – apart from the wind – but he survived so he’s good to go."

Rory Best on his role as Ireland captain – "Speaking to Paul, who took over Brian, who took over from Woody – you’re stepping into and filling big shoes. It’s a challenge but what Paulie did well was he didn’t change how he went about things. He got put in there because of how he was about the place. As captain you’re just trying to lead by example and leaning on the senior players as we have done under Joe, and that’ll continue."

Eddie Jones on his 23-man squad to face Scotland – "We’ve got an idea of the team to face Scotland and those guys [Elliot Daly and Maro Itoje] aren’t in it. The press don’t pick the team, I do, and we feel we’ve got a 23 to go up there and defeat Scotland."

Jones on England's opener – "It’s the Calcutta Cup. Sunshine, 30 degrees… I’ve got to pick a tough side to take up there. We’re picking 23 to go do battle at Murrayfield."

Jones on Chris Robshaw – "Chris can finish the tournament as the leading blindside in Europe and that’s his target."

Scotland boss Vern Cotter on England – "We'll do our best to make sure that Murrayfield is not a very nice place for them.

Cotter on Scotland's squad depth – "Do Scotland have good strength in depth? No. We've got some good individuals."

Cotter on new additions to Scotland's coaching staff, Jason O'Halloran and Richie Gray – "They’re very good coaches and specialists in their field. Jason brings a real challenge to players and detail with how to attack. He’s a very skilful operator. Richie has three years with the Springboks. If we can challenge players to learn new techniques to give us more opportunities then I think it’s good to have new voices in."

Warren Gatland on the Lions job – "He can have the job if he wants – have you seen the schedule?! It’s a really tough tour and I’m not saying the Lions can’t win, but it’s the hardest place in the world to go and play from a travel perspective. It’s not unwinable but it’s very tough."

Gatland on starting away to Ireland – "Notoriously we’ve been slow starters in this tournament. There’s a confidence and self-belief there [in our camp], but what [Ireland] have achieved in the last two years is going to make them tough to beat."

Gatland on Stuart Lancaster – "We can’t forget about the foundations that Stuart laid. I thought he did an outstanding job."

France head coach Guy Novès on their World Cup exit – "The New Zealand game, we have to stop talking about. In the past with my club I’ve had some big losses but the experience has shown me that players have the qualities; and in life it’s the same. You have difficulties and you have to bounce back."

Novès on being the only non-foreign coach in the Six Nations: – "I think we have the same passion. We have the same experience. The fact that I’m in charge of France as a Frenchman, I’ve never thought about it. Maybe someday France will have a foreign coach. The players are used to playing with foreign players today. Rugby is European, it’s international."

Novès on surprise selection Virimi Nakatawa – "I picked him because he has shown he hass a lot of quality in the Sevens team. At this position we have some players who are injured and won’t be back for a while. He’s already played at XVs in France, he’s very integrated in France. With the lack of players at this position, there was no reason to leave him out."

Sergio Parisse on his World Cup struggles – "I wasn’t fit enough at the World Cup. It’s completely different now, playing with Stade Français. In the last four matches I’ve had 80 minutes."

Parisse on helping Italy's uncapped players – "As captain, especially with the ten players my job is to try to help them and give them confidence. There is a lot of pressure when you play an international test match. The majority have not played in stadiums like the Stade de France."

Parisse on Italy's prospects – "We are not the team who are going to win the Six Nations, if we beat other teams, every year people ask if we deserve to be here, we need to show we deserve to play. We have to perform well. We know it will be difficult to get victories but we want to build confidence. We want to continue to perform and target the games afterwards."

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