TOKYO, 1 Nov - A selection of the best quotes as we look ahead to the final of Rugby World Cup 2019.
"A few guys might have taken the afternoon off work for a bit of fun. No one could possibly have imagined back then what the tournament was to go on to become."
- Sir John Kirwan, above, former All Black and scorer of the first try in Rugby World Cup history, recalls that opening game against Italy in 1987 when only 13,000 turned up.
"I know my limits, I know where I can go back to, which angles I can take and shouldn’t take. If I don’t feel comfortable, I won’t be taking the kick."
- Springbok Handre Pollard's measured response to queries about his kicking in the final.
"I love it. That’s why you train, that’s why you put in the hours. If you imagine being a little boy in the backyard, thinking to yourself, 'This kick is in the World Cup final’ and all those scenarios. You’ve basically been preparing your whole life for it."
- Pollard again on coping with the pressure.
"It’s all very well being aggressive but the key is to have control of that and still do what you want in the game outside of just being physical."
- England's heat-seeking missile Sam Underhill calls for cool heads.
"We’ve had a couple of messages – Prince Harry sent us a nice message of support, which was nice to receive. He showed us his little lad in an England shirt, which was a nice touch. But I’m still waiting on my personal message."
- Underhill reveals support from England's royal family hasn't quite come up to what he would have liked.
“No! Actually, I taught him how to step – I’ve beaten him a couple of times in training."
- Damian de Allende on whether Cheslin Kolbe has been showing him some side-stepping skills.
“With this pack that we have now, it would be an absolute disgrace if they (England) overwhelm or dominate us. Our guys must go in with the right mindset and play with the right spirit – like the guys always say, ‘Ice in the head and fire in the belly’.”
- Os du Randt, a double World Cup winner with the Springboks, expects only the best from the Boks' forwards.
“He could never bench-press much, he has always battled to get big chest muscles. He also doesn't have very big calves. He did go to the gym but what was amazing about him is that he would always make a joke about it."
- Ollie le Roux reckons his former team-mate Rassie Erasmus - now coach of South Africa - was not much of a powerhouse himself.
"It was a bit of a fight between my daughter and my son to see who took it. They were pretty pumped to put a medal around their neck, but obviously not quite what we were after."
- All Black Ben Smith reveals the sibling rivalry resulting from New Zealand's 40-17 bronze final victory.
“I didn’t want to come in from out there. You probably saw a few of us old guys lingering around on the field for a little bit longer than we should’ve been."
- Centre Ryan Crotty was keen to make the very most of his last match for the All Blacks.
"We’ll deal with what we have to deal with over the next couple of days, find a quiet place at home and sit and have a few laughs with Tash (Hansen's wife), and a few drinks. Probably get drunk and…"
- Departing All Blacks coach Steve Hansen suggests his immediate future involves wine, a woman and something else.