TOKYO, 29 Oct - A selection of the best quotes as the final of Rugby World Cup 2019 grows ever closer.
"The 'Bomb Squad' brought a big impact into the second half, getting dominance at scrum-time and putting the opposition ball under pressure. That was great."
- South Africa prop Steven Kitshoff on how it feels when reinforcements arrive to bolster the scrum.
"I’ve got a massive family so my brother deals with it. They can be a distraction as well... my auntie is always great for that. She’s trying to tell me how to play number eight and giving my brother a few pointers as well."
- England's Billy Vunipola on the perils of accommodating ticket requests from a large, extended, rugby-mad family.
"The (England) boys have played a lot, (some of them) are 21 or 22 (years old), so they still have a lot of spunk in them, and always ready to go, and up for it."
- Faf de Klerk, above, has his doubts over whether England's physical approach to the game will have taken a toll.
"He’s a fabulous player, well watched by a lot of fans because every time he touches the ball, he’s exciting. You can’t afford to change too much, we won’t be focusing on making a lot of changes because of his presence, but we are definitely aware of his strengths."
- England's defence coach John Mitchell ponders the dangers posed by South Africa winger Cheslin Kolbe.
"I guess you can expect very much the same from us on Saturday."
- South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus responds to a question about any plans to change their approach this weekend.
"It’s been a long time since I saw an England team pitch up with that amount of physicality. We will have to be really up to try and match that."
- Erasmus assesses the power balance in the World Cup final.
"My head will think that if South Africa can utilise their opportunities – potentially like they played in the first 20 minutes against New Zealand – they really realistically stand a chance to actually win the game.”
- Unsurprisingly, Bryan Habana thinks the current Springbok team can emulate his 2007 side.
"England are the favourites, but if South Africa can drag England into an arm-wrestle they have got a great chance. They will fancy themselves because everyone is saying 'England, England, England'. But I think it will be a low-scoring, close game."
- Ireland legend Brian O'Driscoll thinks it will be close - very close.