Quotes of 2015

Date published: December 25 2015

Planet Rugby puts together the finest, funniest and most ridiculous remarks from rugby’s top names during 2015. How many can you recall?

See if you can work out who said what!

1. “We can’t come to a war with our hands and a pocket knife, we’ve got to bring all we’ve got and face up.”

2. “What also annoyed me were the whistles towards Bakkies Botha when he came out of the ground. He had just finished his career. I do not know who the bastards are who whistled, but like it or not, we respect the last match of such a great player.”

3. “It’s about who they run at, and they decided to run at me a lot.”

4. “He was hugely generous to people. He would turn up and do things with kids that perhaps the hard persona that you’d see at times didn’t match. He’d give his time willingly to people and touch people in a way that others would never consider. I think of that story when he played a club game in whatever division. Most of us it wouldn’t cross our minds, but that was something he would do. That was the unique side of him.”

5. “There was nothing wrong with (the tackle). If you want to dive like that again, come back here in two weeks and play (when the football’s on]), not today. Watch it.”

6. “Mike may be a bit upset and that’s fine. What did he say? That I missed my mum? Who doesn’t miss their mum?”

7. “At the end of the day it was pretty critical. I actually thought he lost the ball for me, but we tend to look at these things out of our own eyes.”

8. “I was walking around doing a lap of honour with the boys and a young fella came running out and he got smoked by the security guard, like full on tackled him. I felt sorry for the little fella.”

9. “We play a similar style of rugby to England but we have better-looking players.”

10. “There’s never been a Jonah Lomu, has there? Everyone’s tried to manufacture one, tried to put forwards out into the backs, tried to put someone on the wing that had the same size but there was no-one like him and to be honest there never will be. He was a unique person and he was a unique individual as well about his outlook on life and what he did.”

11. “Maybe he was keen to get to the bathroom, who knows?”

12. “There has been no contact and I am committed to the Stormers. I woke up this morning and looked at Table Mountain … I’m very happy to be here.”

13. “The opportunity to take the reins in, possibly, the world’s most high profile international rugby job doesn’t come along every day however, and I feel fortunate to be given the opportunity.”

14. “It’s not just the group of death, it’s the group of hell.”

15. “I think Richie McCaw is the greatest All Black we have ever had and Dan (Carter) is a close second.”

16. “This has never been about Cheeky Watson, it is about the Kings, it has always been about the Kings.”

17. “We built a good lead, we had to stay on it in the second half. We knew they were going to come at us and throw everything at us but thankfully we did our job and got the win.”

18. “No one died.”

19. “They aren’t All Blacks, they aren’t Wallabies, they aren’t Springboks but they are very good rugby players”

20. “There’s a lot more to come from this group of players and they have now had the experience of winning something, which is fantastic.”

21. “He’s a beautiful man. I always told him that when he was at Toulon.”

22. “If ever the game was flat you would ship the ball to Jonah and create some excitement. He just disposed of whatever was in front of him. We are not talking about tier-two nations here, we are talking the very best who he made look very average.”

23. “Cash is always good.”

24. “I sit here today with no regrets about what I’ve done over the years as a rugby player.”

25. “Chris Robshaw is an outstanding club player but at international level he just doesn’t have that point of difference.”

26. “I feel that I did well, I did the job that I needed to do in terms of controlling the team around while I was out there.”

27. “To be truthfully honest with you, I didn’t know that bonus points counted in the World Cup. I was just more excited that I’d scored a try.”

28. “It is like kissing your sister.”

29. “We took the grievance seriously and have followed a thorough, independent process which culminated in SARU parting ways with André Watson. It was a difficult process but nonetheless a necessary one.”

30. “It’s a bit annoying. You look around and everyone’s gone!”

The Answers:

1. Samoa coach Stephen Betham ahead of their clash with South Africa at the World Cup.

2. Toulon boss Mourad Boudjellal after lock Bakkies Botha was booed by Toulon fans in their 33-16 defeat to Stade Français in the Top 14 semi-finals.

3. Wales lock Luke Charteris explains his record 31 tackles in the Six Nations clash against Ireland.

4. All Blacks captain Richie McCaw on his former team-mate Jerry Collins who died in a car crash in France.

5. Referee Nigel Owens tells off Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg for taking a dive in the Rugby World Cup match against South Africa.

6. England centre Sam Burgess hits back at Bath coach Mike Ford after leaving rugby union to return to rugby league with South Sydney Rabbitohs.

7. Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd’s view on Highlanders flanker Elliot Dixon’s try in the Super Rugby Final.

8. All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams after giving his World Cup winners medal to a young fan.

9. Springbok hooker Schalk Brits on why England’s fans should support South Africa, after the host nation failed to reach the World Cup’s quarter-finals.

10. Tana Umaga on former All Blacks team-mate Jonah Lomu who died in his sleep shortly after the World Cup.

11. World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper gives his thoughts on why referee Craig Joubert ran from the field shortly after he blew the final whistle in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final between Scotland and Australia.

12. Eddie Jones when asked at his unveiling as Stormers coach about rumours that England wanted him as their head coach.

13. Jones, two weeks later, after he was named as Stuart Lancaster replacement for the England job.

14. Wales boss Warren Gatland after his team secured a place in the World Cup quarter-finals thanks to Australia’s win over England.

15. All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen sings his captain and fly-half’s praises after New Zealand won the World Cup.

16. Kings boss Cheeky Watson’s opinion on the ongoing financial crisis at the Port Elizabeth-based franchise.

17. Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell after his team’s win over Bath in the Premiership Final.

18. Springbok skipper Jean de Villiers after his team’s defeat against Japan at the World Cup.

19. Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph hails his forwards for laying the foundation to their historic win over the Hurricanes in the Super Rugby Final.

20. Glasgow Warriors boss Gregor Townsend after his side beat Munster in the PRO12 Final.

21. Australia utility back Matt Giteau reveals his admiration for Argentina flanker Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe ahead of their World Cup semi-final.

22. Former All Black number eight Zinzan Brooke remembers the late Jonah Lomu.

23. Namibia head coach Phil Davies when asked what is needed for his team to improve.

24. Richie McCaw announces his retirement.

25. Japan coach Eddie Jones gives his opinion of the England captain during the World Cup.

26. Wallabies fly-half Quade Cooper after he was yellow-carded in his team’s 41-13 Bledisloe Cup defeat to the All Blacks.

27. England number eight Billy Vunipola after scoring  a crucial bonus point try in his side’s World Cup opener against Fiji.

28. Springbok head coach Heyneke Meyer gives his thoughts on the World Cup’s third place play-off.

29. South African Rugby Union CEO Jurie Roux after the employment of SARU’s General Manager Referees, André Watson, was terminated.

30. Wales wing George North on his team’s injury crisis during the World Cup.