Quotes of the Day - Wednesday, 18 September

The best of who said what as the countdown continues to RWC 2019.

TOKYO, 18 Sep - A selection of the best quotes from Rugby World Cup 2019 on Wednesday, 18 September.

"Compared with 2015 in England, there will be maybe six minutes' ball-in-play higher (in a match). That's a big ask for players and their conditioning. You won't get fat props any more. You have to be lean and mean."
Namibia scrum coach Jaco Engels (NAM), pictured above wearing red, warns the big boys they will have their work cut out in Japan.

"I am so jealous of them. It would have been fabulous if Tonga had been given a match there, but I'm so happy for the people. They have obviously been through an awful lot and they are a rugby-mad town."
Tonga assistant coach Pita Alatini (NZL) reflects on the fact Fiji v Uruguay will be played in Kamaishi, where more than 1,000 people were killed during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. At the time, Alatini was just seven kilometres away.

"I've been trying a lot but I've had some bad teachers (his team-mates). They've been teaching me a lot of swear words."
Born and raised in Cornwall, England, Fiji hooker Samuel Matavesi's attempts to learn his team's language have fallen foul.

"This is definitely my last. I'm really looking forward to it - though I'm 38 and had just about enough."
Japan second-row Luke Thompson, who has retired from international rugby twice previously, insists this really will be the end of the line.

"When you are injured, Eddie always stays in touch. It keeps that fire burning and it helps you through the tough days."
Manu Tuilagi says the support of head coach Eddie Jones (AUS) gave him a boost as he battled back from career-threatening groin, hamstring and knee injuries.

"He lives less than 100 metres from me and can be a nuisance sometimes."
Tonga full-back Telusa Veainu will be hoping Tuilagi, his neighbour and Leicester Tigers team-mate, is less of a problem when his side faces England on Sunday.

"It's safe to say that's the most people I've ever had watch me train. Or watch one of my club games."
Wales prop Rhys Carre, the youngest player in the squad and appearing at his first World Cup, is staggered by the reception he and his team-mates enjoyed at an open training session at Kitakyushu Stadium on Monday when 15,000 Japanese people sang the Welsh national anthem.

"Tokyo is going to be weird, a new culture shock. Personally, I can't wait. Mount Fuji is really pretty but we are rather secluded. We are going to walk around Tokyo and I think it's going to be a bit of slap in the face." 
France back-row Arthur Iturria is expecting the unexpected in Japan's capital city.

"We need to bring chaos into their organisation."
Russia full-back and captain Vasily Artemyev reveals his strategy to upset hosts Japan in Friday's opener.

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