PARIS, 21 October - Comments from England head coach Brian Ashton on Sunday.
Brian Ashton (ENG) - head coach
On whether he hopes to continue as England coach:
"My view on things is very similar to Rob's (Andrews - RFU elite rugby director), there's a time to reflect. We've not had a chance to reflect when you are right in the middle with things swirling around you."
"I intend to reflect. I know a lot of young players personally and I know there is a massive amoint of talent. England rugby has a pretty exciting future. And I do enjoy the job. I thoroughly enjoy the job."
"It's hard enough to do this day to day. It's a 24-hour job, especially during the world cup. My only job is making sure players are as happy and comfortable as they can be."
"I'm 65 in four years time, everyone knows it's a pretty good retirement age."
On what he said to the players in the post-match huddle:
"I said look at the scoreboard we have lost the game and that's bitterly disappointing because I know how much the players wanted to win. I doubt many people outside the camp thought we could do it.
"As the game went on we lost a few opportunities here and there. We matched South Africa in every department. But we have nothing at all to regret, we have given everything over four months. I said you should be very proud of how you have conducted yourself both on the field and off."
On how players can continue their form post-tournament:
"I just think they will do. They are a special group of people, they have got their feet firmly planted on the ground, they have not only got pride in playing for England but pride in themselves as people. This will carry over."
"It's hard to adjust to not being in a bubble as we have been, but I am convinced these guys have strength of character to go back into their normal lives, of which rugby is a part, and just carry on."
On what the British prime minister Gordon Brown said to him after the match:
"He didn't ask me anything. He said how proud the nation is of how the players had achieved. I said sorry we didn't get the ultimate prize. He said it didn't matter, the country was very proud. Then he asked for a tax rebate."
On urging players to continue their rugby careers:
"I think they are going to be there at clubs anyway and it will depend on them if they want to continue or not. Whether they get picked for England or not ultimately is whether they play well enough or not."
"The side fighting to win world cup was a mixture of experience and youth. If you get that blend right you get mental strength of older guys and exuberance of younger guys and it makes a good mix on the field."
On the disallowed try:
"I saw it on TV like you did. I accept the verdict. That's it and move on. There's nothing you can do."
On his world cup highlight:
"I think watching Phil (Vickery) lead the team out last night at the start of the game given where we've come from. For that group of players to run out into a world cup final was a staggering achievement."