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The best quotes of 2012

17th December 2012 14:40

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It has been an eventful year of rugby, but how much of it do you remember?

Here are some of the verbal highlights from the last twelve months. See if you can match mutterings to mouths. Scroll to the foot of the page to find out who said what.

A: "Walking over the line - that's disrespectful to the world champions. Why didn't the England boy run under the posts? It's arrogance and you don't want to see that creeping into the game because it's not good."

B: "The vultures have been circling for months, picking off Welsh players like pieces of meat."

C: "There will be consequences because of this performance."

D: "What could have been the greatest day of my career has turned into one of the worst."

E: "They are pretty wingers, they are really good looking and I just can't wait to go against them."

F: "Why does the smh get a girl to write about rugby. Growden who was a great jornio and now we have someone who has no idea about the game!"

G: "I was trying to say is that the coach is under pressure and sometimes males give it to the coach as some females go a lot easier on them."

H: "Players like Quade get sorted. Sooner or later they get their beans"

I: "Where did you get that gas from?"

J: "What Hore did has got no place on a rugby field, as far as I am concerned. It was an absolute disgrace "

K: "I don't want to be involved in the toxic environment, and that's how it is at the moment. It's an environment where things aren't going according to plan and everyone is looking to point the finger."

L: "Gav has had three or four years of fannying around and not being serious about his rugby."

M: "I do not eat children."     

N: "I've been picking up the rugby vocab - "le maul", "le ruck", "le pick-and-go" - honestly, that's what they say"

O: "It's great to get a bit of "Test meat"

P: "I'm ugly, I'm black, but I'm not stupid"

Q: "That scoreline is a bit embarrassing."

R: "There were two sides out there today who can definitely win the World Cup."

S: "That's called Australia pinching our players - it's not a system breakdown."

T: "I would be surprised if he plays any Test footy this summer, because it was a disgrace what he did today."     

U: "Obviously it wasn't ideal for me to end up as hammered as I was."     

V: "The goodwill from people wishing me well is what I'll always remember about this experience."

W: "There will come the day when this England team will be sporting 800 caps between them."

X: "He is a dynamic ball-carrier and he loves a scrum and you know that turns me on."

Y: "Suffice for me to say he's so exceptional I'd pay to watch him train."

Z: "I hear they are rarely on time, don't play to the game plan and are quite impulsive - so I'll fit in quite well."


A: Japan coach Eddie Jones was left unimpressed by Manu Tuilagi's trot to the line against the All Blacks.

B: With Jamie Roberts and Dan Lydiate headed across the channel, WRU CEO Roger Lewis lashes out.

C: There were consequences indeed, as former Scotland boss Andy Robinson resigned less than 24 hours later after losing to Tonga.

D: Ryan Jones reflects on Wales's surprise loss to Samoa.

E: Australia winger Digby Ioane offers England's wide men an interesting compliment ahead of their clash in the November Internationals.

F: David Campese makes an ill-conceived comment about Australian rugby journalist Georgina Robinson...

G: ...and then proceeds to leave his foot in it.

H: Some subtle words from Richie McCaw towards Quade Cooper.

I: Even referee Dave Pearson is stunned after Bath's fly-half Stephen Donald uses his speed to score against Gloucester.

J: Rob Howley makes his thoughts clear on an incident between Andrew Hore and Bradley Davies.

K: Cooper again; this time summing up his interpretation of the atmosphere in the Australia camp.

L: London Welsh boss Lyn Jones clarifies Gavin Henson's recent activity.

M: Contrary to popular belief, Bakkies Botha is actually a nice guy.

N: Toulon prop Andrew Sheridan finds out that not everything is lost in translation.

O: Nick Cummins is delighted with his 'pie' at Twickenham.

P: Former South Africa coach Peter De Villiers begins his autobiography.

Q: Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll reflects after his side's 60-0 drubbing against New Zealand.

R: New Zealand coach Steve Hansen predicts a possible Rugby World Cup Final in 2015 after England's win at Twickenham.

S: Hansen on the 'recruitment' by Australia of Mike Harris.

T: London Irish boss Brian Smith doesn't mince his words after Gloucester's Jim Hamilton is sent off. Hamilton subsequently missed Scotland's summer tour due to suspension.   

U: Mike Tindall reflects on his antics on that night out during the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

V: Scotland back Joe Ansbro speaking to Planet Rugby after breaking his neck playing for London Irish against Munster.

W: Stuart Lancaster looks to the future after England's win over New Zealand.

X: Graham Rowntree gets honest about his passions when referring to Mako Vunipola.

Y: Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea is full of praise for star fly-half Nick Evans.

Z: Olly Barkley's move to Racing Métro appears to be a match made in heaven.

Compiled by Ben Coles

@bencoles_

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