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'He Said What?!'
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Posted Jan 17, 2012 by Lip Service
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As the many men and women who have played (and bled for) the wonderful game of rugby will tell you: when you get onto the field, the sport is serious business. However, that doesn’t mean that it can’t match football and cricket for humour (well, anything can match cricket for humour, but you get the idea. That’s why we here at Imagine have chosen to bring together some of the greatest quotes we’ve ever heard about (or during) rugby matches. Enjoy!
On Rugby’s drinking culture:
‘Beer and Rugby are more or less synonymous.’ – Chris Laidlaw.
‘The pub is as much a part of rugby as the playing field.’ – John Dickenson.
‘The Holy Writ of Gloucester Rugby Club demands: first, that the forwards shall win the ball; second, that the forwards shall keep the ball; and third, the backs shall buy the beer.’ – Doug Ibbotson.
On the ‘fun’ of being a forward:
‘Forwards are the gnarled and scarred creatures who have a propensity for running into and bleeding all over each other.’ – Peter Fitzimmons.
‘I don't know why prop forwards play rugby.’ – Lionel Weston.
‘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.
On individual toughness:
‘Bloody typical, isn't it? The car's a write-off. The tanker's a write-off. But JPR comes out of it all in one piece.’ – Gareth Edwards on fellow player JPR William’s car accident.
"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." – Paul Randall
"There's no doubt about it, he's a big bastard." – Gavin Hastings on Jonah Lomu
"Colin Meads is the kind of player you expect to see emerging from a ruck with the remains of a jockstrap between his teeth." – Tom O’Reilly
On ‘Friendly’ Rivalry:
"I've seen better centres in a box of Black Magic." – Joe McPartlin on his successors in the Oxford University teams.
"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 on biting Sean Fitzpatrick’s ear.
"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 attempting to tackle Phil Horrocks-Taylor.
"Look what these bastards have done to Wales. They've taken our coal, our water, our steel. They buy our houses and they only live in them for a fortnight every 12 months. What have they given us? Absolutely nothing. We've been exploited, raped, controlled and punished by the English - and that's who you are playing this afternoon." – Phil Bennet’s motivational speech before his Wales side faced England in 1977. Braveheart eat your heart out.