TOKYO, 21 Oct - A selection of the best quotes from Rugby World Cup 2019 on the day after the first weekend of knockout stages on Monday.
"The onsens are obviously helping him. He looks a lot more relaxed. He's a different player to what he was even when we started camp. Every week, every day, he's just trying to get better."
Neal Hatley, England assistant coach, is impressed by Kyle Sickler's progress in Japan.
"They have shown the world they are truly a top-tier competitive nation. The brand of rugby they are playing is exciting and they should be really proud. It did blow my mind that on the walk to dinner the majority of restaurants and bars had the game on."
New Zealand's Sam Cane, pictured above right with Brodie Retallick, centre, and Sam Whitelock, on the host nation's contribution to RWC 2019.
"It feels like the country is getting behind the game of rugby... with people wearing their jerseys out on the street. That’s what we're all here to do: inspire people to take up and participate in the game. Job well done to them."
Team-mate Brodie Retallick echoes Cane's views.
"Is that supposed to be humorous?"
Retallick is not happy when his faux-pas in 2014 is raised - he called Courtney Lawes Michael Lawes before a game between England and New Zealand.
“Everyone’s a fan now. It’s such a great sport. The way the players hit each other hard but then show sportsmanship at the end. And the same goes for the visiting supporters – they have been so friendly. It has been an honour to watch rugby with them.”
New rugby fan Susumu Shiratori, from Shizuoka, as told to the Guardian in Britain, with his sentiments backed up by the tweet video above.
"They are definitely a team with a lot of X-factor."
South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus on semi-final opponents Wales.
"We do have the pack and backline players to go all the way, but in a game which is 80 minutes - if you have four minutes where you drop your standards, you will get caught out."
- Erasmus shows his awareness of just one of the many tiny margins that sit between success and failure at a rugby world cup.
"The things that happen in this tournament don't happen in other sports. You've got the Canadian blokes cleaning up the ground (after Typhoon Hagibis). Could you imagine Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi doing that if Barcelona or Real Madrid gets a wash? It's a different game.
- England coach Eddie Jones believes sportspeople are different in different sports.
"He’s been very influential. It's disappointing to have a player ruled out, but these games are so physical and to have only one player ruled out at this stage is a real positive for us."
- Wales coach Warren Gatland reflects on the pluses and minuses of losing injured flanker Josh Navidi.