Quotes of the Day - Thursday, 31 October

If these guys are not crashing against the tide, blocking out the noise or feeding the kids, they are playing rugby.

TOKYO, 31 Oct - A selection of the best quotes as we look ahead to the final two matches of Rugby World Cup 2019.

"You just have to keep going. It's a bit like the tide, you’ll be crashing up against it and you have to work like mad to stay in the game and then it will turn and you will get an opportunity."
- Wales fly-half Rhys Patchell, above, on the challenge of playing against New Zealand.

"He's changed expectations."
- Patchell again, with a brilliant response to being asked to sum up outgoing Wales coach Warren Gatland in three words.

"Our leaders won’t be comfortable with any complacency."
- Anthony Watson insists no one will be taking things for granted in the England camp ahead of Saturday’s final.

"Success creates a lot of perceptions, but it's not always true. There's a perception out there that I'm a great coach but that's only because I've won a lot of games, but there's not that many people who know if I'm a great coach or not because they haven't been in our environment."
- Even talking about his legacy as he moves on from the All Blacks coaching role, New Zealand's Steve Hansen is still keeping his cards close to his chest.

 "I am not going to lie about it, it’s difficult, no doubting that. We all want to be playing Saturday, we do, the All Blacks do, all the players and everyone else. It is what it is. You can't turn back time."
- Wales assistant coach Neil Jenkins admits motivation is not that easy to come by ahead of the bronze final.

 "Three weeks ago, we were hopeless, I was going to get the sack, Owen (Farrell) couldn’t kick a goal. So we don’t tend to listen to that noise, as important as the media is, we don’t tend to listen to it."
- Even though he doesn’t listen to the noise, England coach Eddie Jones seems to be hearing it all right.

"I don’t quite have a Stephen Donald story, you know, on a boat, fishing (when the New Zealander was called into the All Blacks’ World Cup final team in 2011). I was just at home, feeding the kids, then got the phone call."
- England new boy Ben Spencer on getting the emergency call-up for the final.

"He's someone I've looked up to ever since I've been in a professional rugby environment. To see the way he operates as a leader is inspirational. He's one of the greats."
- Fly-half Richie Mo'unga pays a heartfelt tribute to retiring All Blacks’ captain Kieran Read.

"We just need to win. We don’t need to score 10 tries or anything. If we win 3-0, we still take the cup back to South Africa."
- There is only one name of the game for Springbok Frans Steyn.

"One more chance to play rugby this year. It fizzes me up."
- New Zealand scrum-half Aaron Smith sums it up for every lover of the game they play in heaven.

RNS icr/ajr