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Here are some good rugby quotes that I've found on various websites, or picked up from people I know.

Planet Rugby brings you some classic quotes from the historical archives.

1. "Remember that rugby is a team game; all 14 of you make sure you pass the ball to Jonah." FAX to the All Blacks before the 1995 World Cup semi-final.

2. "I think Brian Moore's gnashers are the kind you get from a DIY shop and hammer in yourself. He is the only player we have who looks like a French forward." Former England prop Paul Rendall on his front row colleague.

3. "You've got to get your first tackle in early, even if it's late." Welsh hardman Ray Gravell explains his rugby philosophy.

4. "I played ten injury-free years between the ages of 12 and 22. Then, suddenly, it seemed like I was allergic to the twentieth century." Former England scrum-half Nigel Melville who spent most of the 1980s injured.

5. "We're going to tear those boys apart." Message pinned up on the changing room wall by England skipper Will Carling before his team ran out to face the All Blacks in the 1995 World Cup semi-final in Cape Town. It took at least 70 seconds for New Zealand to score their first try as they demolished England 45-29.

6. "Don't ask me about emotions in the Welsh dressing room. I'm someone who cries when he watches 'Little House on the Prairie'" Former Welsh second row Bob Norster remembers that special Dragons' atmosphere.

7. "There's no doubt about it, he's a big bastard" Gavin Hastings, master of the bleedin' obvious, on Jonah Lomu.

8. "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." Former RFU supremo Dudley Wood on Anglo-Welsh relations.

9. "If you can't take a punch, you should play table tennis." Former French skipper and coach Pierre Berbizier illustrates his nation's attitude to on-pitch violence.

10. "A player of ours has been proven guilty of biting. That's a scar that will never heal." Bath coach Andy Robinson after his prop Kevin Yates was suspended for taking a chunk out of an opposing flanker's ear.

"New Zealand rugby is a colourful game since you get all black ... and blue." -- Anonymous
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)

"The French are predictably unpredictable." - Andrew Mehrtens, after an All-Blacks surprise loss to the French in the 1999 Rugby World Cup.
"As you run around Battersea Park in them, looking like a cross between a member of the SAS and Blake's Seven, there is always the lingering fear of arrest." - Brian Moore, on England's new rubber training suit- (1995)
"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, after England had been humbled by New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final (1995)
"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)
"You can go to the end of time, the last World Cup in the history of mankind, and the All-Blacks will be favourites for it." - Phil Kearns

"Every time I went to tackle him, Horrocks went one way, Taylor went the other, and all I got was the bloody hyphen." - Nick England, on trying to stop Phil Horrocks-Taylor

"The one-handed palmer can always reach higher, they say. They may be right, but the result is that nearly every line-out is like a tropical island - all waving palms." - Vivian Jenkins

"Everyone's doing some things that are close to exactly what should happen" - Leon Racine, rugby coach, while watching our club's U14 men's rugby team get stomped over by Lindsay

"The advantage law is the best law in rugby, because it lets you ignore all the others for the good of the game." - Derek Robinson 

"I think you enjoy the game more if you don't know the rules. Anyway, you're on the same wavelength as the referees." - Jonathan Davies 

"League is much, much more physical than Union, and that's before anyone starts breaking the rules." - Adrian Hadley 

"For an 18-month suspension, I feel I probably should have torn it off. Then at least I could say, 'Look, I've returned to South Africa with the guy's ear." - Johan le Roux after biting Sean Fitzpatrick's ear.  (1994)

"I prefer rugby to soccer. I enjoy the violence in rugby, except when they start biting each other's ears off." - Elizabeth Taylor

"If I had been a winger, I might have been daydreaming and thinking about how to keep my kit clean for next week." - Bill Beaumont

"In 1823, William Webb Ellis first picked up the ball in his arms and ran with it. And for the next 156 years forwards have been trying to work out why." - Sir Tasker Watkins (1979)

On the Munster pack- "Mothers keep their photo on the mantelpiece to stop the kids going too near the fire." - Jim Noily

"In my time, I've had my knee out, broken my collarbone, had my nose smashed, a rib broken, lost a few teeth, and ricked my back; but as soon as I get a bit of bad luck I'm going to quit the game." - J.W. Robison

"I may not have been very tall or very athletic, but the one thing I did have was the most effective backside in world rugby." - Jim Glennon (1991)
"We're not playing tiddlywinks here, mate - this is a contact sport." -- Tana Umaga to Australian referee Peter Marshall when penalised after a touch judge flagged him for a high tackle during the Super 12 final.