TOKYO, 9 Oct - The best quotes from the protagonists at Rugby World Cup 2019 on Wednesday, 9 October.
"I was really proud of him. He's something else isn't he? He's always there in the right position, and he's so quick and fit, you know when he gets the ball he's going to score."
- With a pat on the shoulder Pete Horne (No.12) congratulates brother George, who became the first Scotland scrum-half to score a hat-trick in Wednesday's 61-0 victory against Russia.
"Before kick-off, I rang my mother in Rotorua (New Zealand) and she was in a clothes shop with my auntie and uncle. I Facetimed her and she burst into tears. I said, 'Mum! Get yourself together, for crying out loud.' Little things like that make you realise it’s a great honour."
- Dale McIntosh, Namibia's defence coach, on how emotions ran free before his side faced the All Blacks.
"No other place I’d rather be. This is like a dream come true. I wouldn’t want to be spending my 21st birthday anywhere else."
- USA scrum-half Ruben de Hass has no qualms about celebrating his coming of age with a 47-17 defeat by Argentina.
"I don’t know what’s happening yet. I need a bit of a rest, but the job’s still there."
- Six weeks after leaving his work as a roofer in New Zealand, Siua Maile is bracing himself for a reality check after Tonga's RWC 2019 campaign ends.
"In some areas, we are still the lambs, the teacher's pets. At some point, you have to do what the others do. I'm not encouraging cheating but you have to be cute, crafty."
- France prop Jefferson Poirot is frustrated by a certain French naivete when it comes to forwards play.
"If the match doesn't happen, we are in the quarter-finals anyway. It would have been a problem if qualification was at stake, as is the case for Ireland."
- Poirot seems happy to let others worry about Typhoon Hagibis blowing away their qualification hopes.
"To see the Rugby World Cup in Japan has really struck a chord that if USA were to be awarded the 2027 Rugby World Cup, you would see similar strides in America to what you’ve seen in Japan."
- USA coach Gary Gold talks up the prospect of America hosting in eight years' time.
“Uwe (Helu) is like a big truck, he just comes on and runs over people."
-Japan's James Moore lauds the drive of his fellow second-row.