Keyword: Rugby

Colin Meads is the kind of player you expect to see emerging from a ruck with the remains of a jockstrap between his teeth.

Papua New Guinean rugby player

You don’t like to see hookers going down on players like that.

New Zealand rugby player & commentator

I wouldn’t play the French at marbles, never mind Rugby League. All we will ever learn off them is how to fight and spit and bite each other.

Rugby coach

I can tell you it’s a magnificent sensation when the gap opens up like that and you just burst right through.

New Zealand rugby player & commentator

The main difference between playing League and Union is that now I get my hangovers on Monday instead of Sunday.

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.

I don’t like this new law, because your first instinct when you see a man on the ground is to go down on him.

New Zealand rugby player & commentator

Rugby is a beastly game played by gentlemen; soccer is a gentlemen's game played by beasts; football is a beastly game played by beasts.

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

Welsh rugby player

Everybody knows that I have been pumping Martin Leslie for a couple of seasons now.

New Zealand rugby player & commentator

It will now have to be called the Calcutta Shield.

It is the best sport in the world; it's got everything – speed and tough, ugly men.

Irish rugby player

The side has been held together by needles and sticking plaster.

Rugby coach

The tactical difference between Association Football and Rugby with its varieties seems to be that in the former, the ball is the missile, in the latter, men are the missiles

English schoolmaster, sexologist, anthropologist & sports journalist

There’s nothing that a tight forward likes more than a loosie right up his backside.

New Zealand rugby player & commentator

Rugby is a game for the mentally deficient… that is why it was invented by the British. Who else but an Englishman could invent an oval ball?

(1937 – 1995) English satirist, writer & comedian

Darryl Gibson has been quite magnificent coming inside Andrew Mehrtens, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of the same today.

New Zealand rugby player & commentator

I thought I would have a quiet pint … and about 17 noisy ones.

British rugby player

He’s looking for some meaningful penetration into the backline.

New Zealand rugby player & commentator

Rugby League is war without the frills.

The pub is as much a part of rugby as is the playing field.

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