TOKYO, 30 Oct - A selection of the best quotes as the final of Rugby World Cup 2019 draws closer.
"We haven't even spoken about the haka. We might do a 'W' for Wales. I was just thankful England didn't do some Morris dancing."
- Never mind beating the All Blacks, the world's media want to know how Warren Gatland will line Wales up to face the haka on Friday.
"I didn't see it as disrespectful so they can do whatever they like. But the haka is about us, it's not about them. It's about us connecting with our people, with each other, it's not so much about the opposition."
- New Zealand scrum-half Brad Weber, pictured above at last week's rain-soaked semi-final captain's run, clearly will not be fazed by any Welsh formation dancing this week.
"The Springbok is the tool people use as a symbol of hope, a symbol of opportunity."
- South Africa assistant coach Matthew Proudfoot waxes rhetorical.
"What Siya has achieved has been remarkable. For a young kid from Zwide township in Port Elizabeth to rise above his circumstances and become Springbok captain, and lead the way he has, it's been inspirational to all South Africans – from all walks of life."
- Tendai Mtawarira salutes captain Kolisi.
"If you don't just look at the squad, but the guys who just missed out, the young talent that's coming through in South Africa from all walks of life, it's amazing."
- 'You ain't seen nothing yet', says Springbok second-row Lood de Jager.
"I was lucky to get my cap presented by Prince Charles. It was something I wasn't expecting and it just got sprung on me."
- Late Wales call-up Owen Lane reflects on a week less ordinary.
"There are quite a lot of Saracens in their team. But our focus is mainly on us. We know what they are going to bring, and if it's the 'Sarries' way or the England way, we need to match that. They are in different jerseys, but similar gameplans. We are ready for that."
- Springboks prop Vincent Koch, himself a Sarrie, suspects South Africa may face Saracens in English clothing on Saturday.
"Sorry, I didn't mean to cry. Obviously the result was crap, but it's been good to have the experience with my boys and my mum and dad."
- Kiwi hooker Dane Coles has had that kind of week.
"It's gotten to that point where your mind might be willing but your body is saying, 'Nah, can't be doing this for too much longer.' It's been a real pleasure, an honour."
- Even legends have a use-by date. Kieran Read contemplates the bronze final, his last match in an All Blacks jersey.