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"You either have it or you don't - and we had it."

Ireland coach Declan Kidney praises his side following their get-out-of-jail escape against Italy in Rome. February 5, 2011


"It would have been an almighty kick in the balls for us if we'd lost."

Veteran Ireland fly-half Ronan O'Gara reflects on his side's great escape against Italy in Rome. Febraury 5, 2011


"Simon Shaw, who's done a few bus trips through Cardiff in his time, reckons there were fewer V-signs than normal as we drove through the crowd to the ground."

England's Nick Easter reflects on his side's latest visit to Cardiff for their Six Nations opener against Wales. February 6, 2011


"They did not rise to any bait in the last 10 days."

England manager Martin Johnson hails his side's composure following their opening Six Nations victory over Wales. February 4, 2011


"It feels like we are the older brother and we have to make sure we beat our younger brother. We cannot let our younger brother get the better of us."

England's Ben Foden stokes the pre-match fire ahead of his side's Six Nations clash with Wales. February 4, 2011


"If I can learn to dance then I can learn French!"

Following confirmation of his shock move to Top 14 side Toulon, Gavin Henson promises to embrace the challenge the same way he did his recent appearance on Strictly Come Dancing. February 3, 2011


"I think that a bit of sledging is good for banter on the field, keeps you interested."

Former Wales international Jonathan Davies urges the current side to get stuck into England hooker Dylan Hartley during their Six Nations showdown. January 30, 2011


"He needs more fights ... If he keeps on boxing seriously, he will be the second Ali."

Anthony Mundine Snr offers Sonny Bill Williams some glowing praise following his third successful outing in the boxing ring. January 29, 2011


"Everyone who plays rugby wants to play in a World Cup and every English player wants to play for England."

England Saxons debutant Manu Tuilagi dreams of playing on a bigger stage. January 27, 2011


"Is it a coincidence ERC headquarters are to be found in Dublin?"

Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal courts controversy by suggesting the Heineken Cup draw was fixed. January 25, 2011


"If you want money, if that is your only interest, you don't come to this part of the world. You go to Japan and don't worry about your rugby career any more."

South African Pedrie Wannenburg insists his move to Ulster was not based on the financial return. January 21, 2011


"He is probably in the most demanding role of anyone in rugby, isn't he."

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder suggests his captain Richie McCaw could be feeling the pressure ahead of a big year for the All Blacks skipper. January 21, 2011


"During a team meeting the other day we turned the cricket on and I instantly congratulated all the Aussies for their boys getting to 25 without losing a wicket."

Melbourne Rebels recruit Danny Cipriani endears himself to his new team-mates with some banter ahead of the new season. January 20, 2011


"They're supposed to be random, these tests..."

Saracens recruit Matt Stevens is drug tested on his first day back in the game having served a two-year ban for drug use. January 19, 2011


"That's a very pertinent question and certainly a very realistic one."

Munster coach Tony McGahan responds to the suggestion that their Heineken Cup exit could mark the end of an era for his squad. January 16, 2011


"If we want Premiership teams to win the big European prizes year-on-year we have to start comparing apples with apples."

Leicester boss Richard Cockerill reiterates his belief that the current Premiership salary cap hands a distinct advantage to France's big-spending clubs. January 15, 2011


"This is pretty typical of what the English press are doing, it's all hype."

Rebels coach Rod Macqueen fires a broadside at the English media as he bids to keep a lid on high-profile recruit Danny Cipriani. January 13, 2011


"We are making an effort to keep him away from the profile he had overseas."

Melbourne Rebels coach Rod Macqueen explains his attempts to ensure Danny Cipriani has a low profile in Australia. January 13, 2011


"Having stated what he did in the press when he criticised me after the Wasps game, that was it. Job done."

Sale Sharks fly-half Charlie Hodgson admits former coach Mike Brewer's criticism forced him out of Edgeley Park. January 12, 2011


"We wouldn't take a competition that people care fanatically about there - it would be wrong to take that away from supporters."

Premiership Rugby chief executive Mark McCafferty rules out staging an Aviva Premiership game abroad following the announcement that the Anglo-Welsh Cup clash between Wasps and Quins will be played in Abu Dhabi. January 10, 2011


"I leave very happy to say in my time the English rugby media, I have never been misquoted, and that's something I really appreciate."

Departing Saracens director of rugby Brendan Venter pays tribute the English press on his last day in the post before moving to the role of technical director. January 9, 2011


"Change is never easy but there are some exciting opportunities and challenges ahead."

Rob Andrew weighs up his options after losing his post as director of elite rugby in a re-structuring of the Rugby Football Union. January 6, 2011


"I am happy where I am, it fits the bill for me."

England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson confirms his immediate future lies with Toulon. December 27, 2010


"If all goes according to plan, it should be in Santa's sack."

Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal hopes to finalise a new deal to keep Jonny Wilkinson in the south of France. December 22, 2010


"I've missed playing for Wales and that's the reason I came back into rugby."

Saracens' Gavin Henson looks forward to his return to top flight rugby and immediately targets a Wales recall. December 21, 2010


"I try to be diplomatic but I accept I'm not always as good at it as I should be."

Saracens boss Brendan Venter insists he is not spoiling for a fight in the wake of his bizarre Heineken Cup post-match TV interview. December 16, 2010


"When the history of rugby union in England is written Tom's name will be to the fore."

RFU chairman Martyn Thomas pays tribute to Gloucester chairman Tom Walkinshaw after he lost his long battle with cancer. December 13, 2010


"Bit of genius. Bit of magic. Sireli Bobo. Very interesting. Very good. Yeah. Three cheers for Sireli Bobo. Very good. Very good."

An extract from Brendan Venter's bizarre post-match TV interview following Saracens' defeat against Racing Metro. December 11, 2010


"My record when I've started for Wales is good. That's a fact. You can't argue with that."

Gavin Henson talks up his chances of a return to the international stage. December 7, 2010


"When a national side gets beaten by an invitation team that's a very important game."

Barbarians skipper Matt Giteau hails his side's victory over an under-strength South Africa at Twickenham. December 4, 2010


"It is for you and your agent to decide if you are willing to take that risk."

Rugby Football Union chief executive John Steele issues a warning to England's leading players that by plying their trade overseas post-Rugby World Cup 2011 they will jeopardise their international future. December 2, 2010


"Richie captains the ship and Dan navigates it and that combination is pretty special."

All Blacks head coach Graham Henry describes the influence Richie McCaw and Dan Carter have on his side. November 27, 2010


"In my seven years as All Blacks coach I don't think there's been anything that has hit home to the team as much as this disaster.

All Blacks coach Graham Henry reflects on the impact of the Pike River mining disaster. November 26, 2010


"What's going to happen in the future is great, great competition between two players."

New Zealand coach Graham Henry looks forward to the battle between Ma'a Nonu and Sonny Bill Williams for the All Blacks' No.12 shirt. November 26, 2010


"I have just had the worst 20 minutes of my rugby career."

Wales captain Ryan Jones puts his hand up after his last gasp penalty gifted Fiji a draw at the Millennium Stadium, November 19, 2010


"I think I scored one, from two yards against Italy, which I thought was better."

England manager Martin Johnson plays down winger Chris Ashton's wonder-try against the Wallabies. November 13, 2010


"That is what you work for, for days like this."

England manager Martin Johnson basks in the glory of his side's 35-18 victory over Australia. November 13, 2010


"Artificial turf may well be the future of rugby."

Saracens chairman Nigel Wray unveils his side's ambitious plans to play on an artificial pitch as of the 2010-11 season. November 10, 2010


"I am encouraged and frustrated."

England manager Martin Johnson reflects on his side's 26-16 defeat to New Zealand at Twickenham. November 6, 2010


"I guess looking back I felt pretty good out there and I was probably a little bit selfish."

All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter accepts a share of the blame after their loss to Australia in Hong Kong. October 31, 2010


"The second Test was without doubt the best game of rugby I have ever witnessed."

Newly-appointed Lions tour manager Andy Irvine hails the special nature of the Lions second Test defeat to the Springboks in 2009. October 18, 2010


"Woo hoo I'm the proudest mum in New Zealand."

All Blacks newcomer Sonny Bill Williams reveals the first of many congratulations he received following his call-up. October 18, 2010


"If we don't take action going into a World Cup year, the game of rugby is going to die."

Saracens coach Brendan Venter is annoyed by the lack of consistency from the officials following his side's Heineken Cup loss to Leinster. October 16, 2010


"He said no. That line of communication is closed."

Stade Francais coach Michael Cheika is frustrated in his attempts to secure the release of James Haskell and Tom Palmer from the England camp for Top 14 duty. October 12, 2010


"They say you should never meet your heroes. And they may be right. Unless your hero was Moss Keane."

Former Munster and Ireland star Mick Galwey pays tribute to the late Moss Keane at the funeral of former Ireland and Lions lock Moss Keane. October 7, 2010


"We haven't beaten the All Blacks for some time but there's an old saying in sport, 'ding dong the witch is dead'."

Is there? Australian Rugby Union boss John O'Neill talks up his side's chances ahead of the fourth Bledisloe Cup clash of the year. October 8, 2010


"I've told my guys that they are a much better team than they think."

Saracens boss Brendan Venter looks to build his side's confidence following their victory over Leicester. October 3, 2010

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