TOKYO, 08 Oct - The best quotes from the protagonists at Rugby World Cup 2019 on Tuesday, 8 October.
"I did everything right, other than Will Carling tap-tackling him and making him stumble towards me. The three times after that he just ran around me."
- Italy backs coach Mike Catt blames his England captain for spoiling his chances of stopping Jonah Lomu in the RWC 1995 semi-final, above.
"I love my numbers. You put me in a room and I'll count them up. I love it, I get little thrills from it. In rugby I see numbers as well. Our formations, our lineouts, everything has to do with numbers and it's fascinating."
- Accountancy graduate and Samoa loose forward Josh Tyrell sees rugby as a branch of triple-entry book-keeping.
"Wales or Australia, it won't change a thing. They are both better than us."
- Full-back Maxime Medard is not exactly optimistic about France’s chances of making the semi-finals.
"One thing I have learnt in Japan is that they prepare for the worst - and then usually it doesn’t eventuate."
- England attack coach Scott Wisemantel hopes Typhoon Hagibis is a storm in a teacup.
"The food is a challenge for myself, but it is great trying different things. I saw these things - like meatballs - but one of them was purple and one was green. I don’t have a clue what it was, so if any of the Japanese want to help out…"
- Reid is equally unafraid of trying Japanese cuisine – whatever it looks like.
"A few of the boys have tried them on and seen what they're like. They just like how cool it looks."
- Ardie Savea’s protective goggles are the envy of the New Zealand changing room.
"Fijians are amazingly passionate about their rugby and their national team. A victory for the Flying Fijians tomorrow would literally stop the nation for the next couple of days as everyone celebrates."
- Fiji coach John McKee hopes to get the party started from Oita to Suva on Wednesday.
"We’ve coughed up 10, 15, 20 points before we start playing. I can’t put a finger on it..."
- Tonga's assistant coach Richard Watt on "the most disappointing thing" about his team's performances at RWC 2019.
"I think we'd kill it. I say that in a positive way. There's one thing we like to do at home and that's put on a good show. I feel like I am working for the tourism board here, but it's a place you want to come for a holiday."
- Coach and cheerleader Michael Cheika kick-starts the campaign for Australia to host RWC 2027.