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"That night I not only roomed with him, I cwtched up to him and kept him warm!"
Llanelli legend Ray "Chico" Hopkins remembers the heroics of team-mate Phil Bennett during the famous Scarlets win over the All Blacks in 1972. October 24, 2008
"There is always something going on either with the first team, Llanelli Schools, U18s, the academy. There is a buzz about the place, it draws you in. It will be so strange for me when that is no more - when the floodlights are not on any more.
"But she does feel a bit old now and worn in the nicest possible sense. It's like having a favourite suit that you've had for years and that's so comfortable - throwing it away is difficult and replacing it with something new and shiny seems strange.
"But when you do, you realise it's what you have needed to do for some time."
Llanelli and Wales' legendary No 8 Derek Quinnell mourns the passing of Stradey Park. Oct 24, 2008
"Today is an important milestone in our preparation. The personnel announced today have the proven skill sets to ensure that the Lions squad is well prepared for the tour to South Africa next year. The cosmopolitan make-up of the management team reflects the modern nature of rugby, and they, like me, are all well aware of the challenges that await us."
British & Irish Lions manager Gerald Davies hails the appointment of Warren Gatland, Shaun Edwards and Rob Howley as coach Ian McGeechan's assistants. Oct 22, 2008
"My wife and my kids live in England. They haven't moved away. But my eldest is studying in France and it is true that my wife, who has also stayed in France with the little one, hasn't come back since the end of the (summer) holidays. At the moment, I am coming and going and it is weighing on me. If I have a family, it is to live with them. So that is bothering me. I wouldn't have wanted to speak about it so early in the season but it was Philippe who brought up the subject. He said: 'You can't continue like this. You could return to France next season.'"
Sale Sharks star Sebastien Chabal is torn between his love of the Premiership club and his family as he weighs up his playing future. Oct 22, 2008
"I know I've only played one full game for England so there is still a lot for me to prove, both at international and club level, but I'm delighted that Martin has shown such confidence in me. I hope I get the opportunity to repay that confidence. Since my injury in May this has always been my target to get back and ready for.'"
Danny Cipriani knows he has it all to prove after being promoted to Martin Johnson's England Elite squad. Oct 22, 2008
"It has taken the gloss off my position. You just feel frustrated that the two sides can't get together and thrash it out. I might have to look at it if this carries on. I have already questioned my position at the moment."
Wales coach Warren Gatland nears breaking point as the latest Welsh politicial wrangle intensifies. Oct 21, 2008
"We will put in a report. I don't talk to referees. It's like complaining to your mother-in-law about your wife. It doesn't get you too far."
Ulster boss Matt Williams is left frustrated by the referee after his side's Heineken Cup defeat to Harlequins. Oct 18, 2008
"They defend a lead like my mum pole vaults."
Former Wales skipper and now S4C pundit Gwyn Jones passes judgement on the Scarlets who wasted a 19-3 half-time lead in their Heineken Cup clash with Harlequins to eventually lose 29-22. Oct 16, 2008
"Sure, there are stats that say the ball is in play more, but that's not much use when it's 50 metres up in the air...Most of the people that have publicly supported these laws are part of the extended ARU PR machine," he wrote. "It's useless getting comments from players who say the laws are wonderful. No player on A$300,000 will get up and say, 'I hate them', they'll be toeing the official ARU line ... I want the other side of the coin presented to the public."
Former Wallaby Dick Marks has delivered a damning 10-page critique of the Experimental Law Variations to Australian Rugby Union boss John O'Neill calling on them to review the way the ELVs have been implemented. Oct 15, 2008
"I'm sure it's something I wouldn't turn down if it arose, but to be honest it isn't something I've thought hugely about. There are plenty of issues with a new setup in Ireland and the Heineken Cup to be dealt with before then. When that time does arrive though, if the question got asked it is something I'd take with two hands."
Leinster skipper and former Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll would love the chance to lead the elite tourists South Africa next summer. Oct 12, 2008
"That's the sort of pass you give to someone who's just eaten your last Rolo."
Sky Sports commentator Mark Robson sympathises with Toulouse's Maxime Medard after he is cleaned out by Bath's Matt Banahan having taken a hospital pass, Oct 12, 2008
"Having received feedback from team management earlier in the week as part of a review of the Ospreys' last home game, I reacted poorly and additionally took unauthorised leave to consider the matters raised. Having signed up to the Ospreys' code of conduct introduced earlier this year, I was part of a disciplinary decision from the Ospreys leadership group which consists of senior players and rugby management. I fully accept this decision and entirely support the penalty imposed, and very much look forward to rejoining my team-mates on the field."
Ospreys and Wales star Gavin Henson puts his hands up and admits he has been a naughty boy after being handed a two-match suspension. Oct 11, 2008
"We have not sent any tickets to Cardiff Blues because we have never had a "capacity crowd" at the stadium. Fans may remember that in December 2005, Cardiff Blues played at Calvisano and the game was an international event because of the return of Jonah Lomu. Even on that occasion, the stand was not full."
Calvisano Ticket Office Manager Mario Pari reassures the Blues' travelling support that getting a ticket for their side's Heieneken Cup clash will be one of life's easier tasks. Oct 10, 2008
England manager Martin Johnson passes judgement on his former England and Leicester team mate Austin Healey after watching him perform in the hit BBC TV series Strictly Come Dancing. Oct 3, 2008
"I was very happy to get through the match, but disappointed we lost. Obviously, I was a bit rusty at first. I made some mistakes, which I know I can eradicate from my game after I've looked at the analysis. I thought my goalkicking was good, and I felt a bit more confident with my defence."
London Wasps' Danny Cipriani completes a remarkable comeback from injury in his side's Premiership defeat to Bath. Oct 1, 2008
"It is obviously disappointing for Jonny to receive an injury just when he was back playing fantastic rugby. But he has enormous strength of character, and I am sure he will come back stronger despite this blow."
Newcastle Falcons boss Steve Bates reflects on the return of the Jonny Wilkinson injury curse. Oct, 1, 2008