TOKYO, 17 Sep - A selection of the best quotes from Rugby World Cup 2019 on Tuesday, 17 September.
"I do not know why Matthew would think that. He's (Retallick) quite hard to hide from you guys, a six-foot nine-inch (2.05m) monster, so we haven't been sneaking him in in training or anything like that. He's progressing really strongly but I'm pretty sure he won’t be there on Saturday. But you never know."
- All Blacks assistant head coach Ian Foster (NZL) dismisses the suggestion from South Africa’s assistant coach Matthew Proudfoot (RSA) that the injured Brodie Retallick (NZL) might play on Saturday.
"Tune in. There is something special in this group that I haven’t felt since being in this squad."
- Australia second-row Adam Coleman has a stirring message for fans back home.
"When I was small I thought it'd be the other way around but this is the way it panned out. (I'm) still a bit emotional hearing the South Africa anthem but proud to sing the Japanese national anthem."
- Pieter Labuschagne (JPN), pictured, who was born in South Africa and became eligible to represent Japan in June, reveals his mixed emotions having faced the nation of his birth in a warm-up game on 6 September.
"When I could first dream."
- New Zealand's Anton Lienert-Brown reveals when he initially felt the urge to become an All Black.
"It's the one which holds all your toes and bones together. It was a freak accident, to be honest. You more commonly get it when you are horse riding and you fall out of the stirrups."
- Scotland hooker Fraser Brown, who is likely to be pitched straight into action on Sunday against Ireland - his first game since May - following an injury he sustained in which he tore the Lisfranc ligament on the top of his foot.
"After 10 years of meticulous preparation the wait is over and the stage is set for what we believe will be a transformational tournament. Over the next six weeks, we will embrace the very best of rugby and the very best of Japan. Rugby mania is going to captivate this nation."
- World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont (ENG) understandably has high hopes for Rugby World Cup 2019.