Quotes of the day - Sunday, 13 October

As Japan created history on the final day of Rugby World Cup 2019's pool phase, words were also found for those less fortunate.

TOKYO, 13 Oct - The best quotes from coaches and players at RWC 2019 on Sunday, 13 October.

"Japan has proven to be the warmest, the best of Rugby World Cup hosts. We stand together with you in solidarity."
- World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont offered a message of sympathy and support in the wake of Typhoon Hagibis.

"I've never had better support in my life than today. It was the best day of my life. They gave us something inside when we were in hard times."
- Japan scrum-half Yutaka Nagare shares the joy of victory over Scotland - and qualification for the quarter-finals - with a vocal home crowd in Yokohama. 

"We've just spoken within the leaders in the team and said we'll have another chance to change history."
- Nagare again, suggesting there may be more joy to come. 

"First and foremost, credit to Japan because they held the ball really well in the first half and scored some good tries. Give away 28 points to a side like Japan and you are going to be struggling."
- Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw after the defeat that consigned his team to an early journey home.

"The most extraordinary game of rugby."
- Former Scotland centre Scott Hastings, who played in the first three Rugby World Cups, sums up the match of the tournament so far.

"I've never taken one before and I didn't want to take it but they insisted and I certainly didn't want to miss it because I would have become an online meme."
- Siale Piutau, who successfully kicked the last conversion of his team's win over USA, his final test match, which took place on his 34th birthday.

 "I was thinking, 'What idiot made that decision?' But, what do you do? I've aged about 10 years in the last two months, so that's nothing, I'm used to something like that."
- Tonga coach Toutai Kefu, whose players took a scrum rather than kick at goal in the last moments of their 31-19 win over the USA. But it did result in a try.

"In Tonga it's like this: number one is our faith, family, rugby and then comes food. That's what we play for: our country. We're just against the world really. Some of us don't even get paid."
 - The Sea Eagles' full-back Telusa Veainu tells it like it is.
 

"They don't come around too often for me so I'll make sure I gloat when I see a few lads later."
- Ireland prop Tadhg Furlong reveals what he was thinking as he scored his try against Samoa on Saturday.

"If we train hard, work hard, play well in the games, there's no reason we can't go all the way. That's the belief the captain Alun Wyn and Warren Gatland have put in us, and it's working so far."
- Wales number eight Aaron Wainwright gives his take on captain Alun Wyn Jones's comments that his side are 240 minutes from something special.

"How did I know that was going to come up? Mate, it still haunts me and the boys still give it to me."
- Australia prop James Slipper cannot escape questions about his intercepted pass in the RWC 2015 quarter-final, which almost cost the Wallabies victory over Scotland.

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