Planet Rugby puts together the finest, funniest and most ridiculous remarks from rugby's top names during 2013. How many can you recall?
Planet Rugby puts together the finest, funniest and most ridiculous remarks from rugby's top names during 2013.
See if you can work out who said what!
1. “Pockets belong in jeans, not on the rugby field.”
3. “The players are just not coping with the new engagement process and the result is a shambles. Instead of fixing a problem area in the game, it's become worse.”
4. “I've listened to the so-called experts on TV, and I think they're talking absolute rubbish.”
5. “I think, during that (Lions series), they were a little bit guilty of not really having a clue where they were going next and what they were doing at that moment in time.”
6. “Everyone wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.”
7. “Everyone hates Edinburgh! I don't even watch them on telly.”
8. “I feel bad about how it went, that's for sure, I'm not happy about the off-field incidents that happened.”
9. “Rugby is a racist sport.”
10. “The referee had every opportunity to look at that [the tackle]. He ruined the game as a spectacle because of that first yellow card that wasn't. It's a disgrace, and it needs to be said.”
11. “They say it's for safety, but it looks like the southern hemisphere are just trying to depower the scrum so the ball comes in and out.”
12. “In our debut season, we got the rough end of refereeing decisions in the first match, and it cost us our Super Rugby status. It's unsatisfactory to say the least – let's call it what it is.”
13. “This is our last chance to save the scrum.”
14. “I don't like the name All Blacks. I don't like putting any team on a pedestal.”
15. “If you've got two teams that aren't interested in playing; well you could have Jesus Christ out there refereeing and it's not going to help.”
16. “Referees have got a hard enough job without us jumping on them. Our job is to support them, and have a quiet chat to them behind the scenes rather than hang our washing out in public.”
17. “I used to be able to work out what a scrum penalty was, and now I can't – and I used to play in the front row.”
18. “It just seems like it's a penalty advantage and the ball just gets killed, you get three points out of it, but you want to get seven points. It always just seems to be the case (against the All Blacks).”
19. “Ireland's got no idea about professional rugby.”
20. “There was a lot of respect in that group, and you shut up and learnt. There were no real ego issues. And if you did have an ego problem, the forwards would punch the crap out of you at training. I copped that once.”
21. “Hard for Toulouse to motivate themselves against a park team.”
22. “It started out as a wonderful evening, but as the night wore on I started to feel unwell. By the time I got home I was in a bad way.”
23. “I realise every day could be my last. It's been a rollercoaster from day one and I know I'm on a deathbed from now on.”
24. “If the competition is not approved then that would have absolutely catastrophic implications for Celtic rugby.”
25. “You just wonder if they got a lucky bag and picked some names out.”
26. “When I go back to the UK and say 'Did I make the decision because I believed it was right, or did I make it because it was the right political decision?', I can put my hand on my heart and say I think it is the right rugby decision.”
27. “Do I resent him? Yeah, there's resentment of course. Is he on the Christmas card list? Unlikely.”
28. “I've always preferred not to be standing on the wing but Stuart wants us to be there when the chances come, as they don't come very often. The coach decides what's best for the team – I just have to fit in with that template.”
29. “It suits the Welsh players, that's why there's 10 of them playing. We're not seeing the blend of four teams. That's what the Lions is about, that's what makes it so phenomenal.”
30. “The players these days just want to play. Whether they are black, white or pink, they don't want to be labelled as quota players.”
1. Scotland boss Scott Johnson offers some constructive advice to fly-half Duncan Weir.
2. Ex-All Black scrum-half Justin Marshall coins a new catchphrase as a big hit flies in.
3. Marshall's remarks on the new scrum protocols.
4. Referee Steve Walsh doesn't agree with the TV critics' analysis of the scrum.
5. Rob Kearney reflects on Robbie Deans' Wallabies.
6. Johnson's at it again ahead of his side's defeat to South Africa in November.
7. Stuart Hogg stokes the fire in the lead-up to the 1872 Cup fixtures.
8. Stephen Moore regrets the behaviour of Australian players during Deans' reign.
9. Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal hits out at Top 14 regulations regarding French-qualified players.
10. Nick Mallett slams Romain Poite after the referee wrongly sin-binned Springbok Bismarck du Plessis during the Rugby Championship.
11. Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill questions the rationale behind the IRB scrum directive.
12. Ex-Kings boss Alan Solomons bemoans the performance of referee Jaco Peyper as his side crash out of Super Rugby.
13. Brian Moore lays down the law ahead of the global scrum trial.
14. Cian Healy speaks strongly as Ireland prepare to tackle the All – sorry, New Zealand.
15. Ex-ref Stuart Dickinson bemoans player attitude.
16. Kiwi coach Steve Hansen suggests a more pragmatic approach to questioning referees.
17. Wallaby boss Ewen McKenzie is bewildered by today's scrum penalties.
18. Will Genia is less than impressed as Australia complain of All Black cynicism going unpunished during another Bledisloe Cup defeat.
19. Renowned rugby hack Stephen Jones extending a hand of friendship across the Irish Sea.
20. Aussie legend David Campese reminiscing about the Wallabies' Grand Slam tour of 1984.
21. Jones appealing to Irish fans again; this time suggesting Toulouse's lack of appetite for facing a “park team” led to their home loss to Connacht.
22. Jonah Lomu discusses his brush with death following an RWC 2011 ceremony.
23. Joost van der Westhuizen is typically candid regarding his battle with MND.
24. Bath chairman Bruce Craig warns of the financial implications for Pro12 clubs should the Rugby Champions Cup fail to materialise.
25. BBC correspondent Ian Robertson is puzzled by the British and Irish Lions third Test selection.
26. Warren Gatland defends his decision to drop Brian O'Driscoll.
27. Months later, O'Driscoll muses over his feelings towards the coach and his axing from the squad.
28. Chris Ashton claims England coach Stuart Lancaster's game-plan is hurting his performances.
29. Keith Wood criticises Gatland's brand of rugby during the Lions tour.
30. Ex-Springbok Breyton Paulse lambasts the race quotas set to be introduced to next year's Vodacom Cup.