TOKYO, 26 October - A selection of the best quotes from Rugby World Cup 2019 on the first day of semi-finals weekend.
"We’re looking forward to Wales and South Africa playing a three-all draw, so they have to play extra time and it's still three-all - and they have to play more extra time. That’s the prediction."
- England coach Eddie Jones doesn't mind who wins Sunday's second semi-final, just as long as the winners are tired at the finish...
“They came out with a hiss and a roar, gave us a punch to the nose from the get-go."
- New Zealand winger George Bridge.
“Never, to be honest. I'm being serious, literally can't switch off for one second, no matter what the scoreboard is."
- George Ford's reply when asked 'When did you think you had it in the bag?'
"I don't think we've got ahead of ourselves and I don't think we will. Our focus is all now on next week, but that's what we've been doing for the last seven, eight weeks."
- England's Sam Underhill, tackler extraordinaire, knows the job is not finished yet.
"I didn't know I was going to be here mate, so it's been a lot shorter for me."
- Underhill again, when told that England coach Eddie Jones pointed out his team had been preparing for a RWC showdown with New Zealand for more than two years.
"Thanks to all the fans for their support today. We will give it our all in the bronze medal match."
- Official All Blacks twitter account.
"A lot of noise. Everything went very quickly. To get two tries on that day was huge for me... From then, I haven’t really stopped. It’s been an amazing journey to get to here."
- Wales winger George North on his memories of his first cap against South Africa in 2010.
"I was more of a Roy Keane type. I loved to get stuck in, protecting the back four, passing to the blokes who were more skilful than me. I was at Cardiff's academy from 10 to 16, I went to Newport County and got offered another scholarship, turned that down and went to rugby. Things have worked out pretty well..."
- Wales flanker Aaron Wainwright is glad he ended up in rugby - and a World Cup semi-final - after spending his early teenage years as a talented player with a round ball.
"I remember what it did for the country then, and I know what it would do now. It would be huge for our country."
- South Africa captain Siya Kolisi wants more of what the Springboks' 2007 World Cup triumph brought that goes beyond rugby.