The Year in Quotes
Marijuana and eating eyeballs - The Year in Quotes
December 19, 2012
Australia's Quade Cooper continued to cause plenty of controversy in 2012 © Getty Images
Another year is coming to an end and it has been 365 days packed with incident. Our Quote Unquote feature has kept you abreast of all the best sound bites from 2011 and here ESPNscrum brings together a few of our favourites.
"I would have been in the south of France smoking marijuana and drinking red wine."
"I don't care if he speaks French. It just means he's getting it wrong in two languages."
"Is he talking about Charlie Sharples with his bean head or Chris Ashton with his see-through skin? I can see what he means about Ugo Monye, to be fair. He is an attractive man."
"I had my first refereeing sodomy in the semi final [last season] against Clermont. I've just had my second tonight. It appeared to hurt the first time but it was just as bad this time. We will review the images not on Youtube but on YouPorn."
"Obviously it wasn't ideal for me to end up as hammered as I was."
"That scoreline is a bit embarrassing."
"I do not eat children."
"There's a lot of people who are afraid to say what they feel so they just go along with it and nothing is going to change. That's why I feel so strongly as a player. I don't want to be involved in the toxic environment, and that's how it is at the moment."
"There have been a lot of great people involved in New Zealand rugby. But I think this man is the greatest."
"We've been in two close ones now and one's gone against us and the other feels like kissing your sister!"
"To quote Bubba Watson, I haven't got that far in my dreams."
"You haven't just dodged a bullet - you've dodged a cannonball."
"Players like Quade get sorted. Sooner or later they get their beans."
"I have no desire to swim in troubled waters with someone you can't trust."Carcassonne coach Christian Labit washes his hands of Rupeni Caucaunibuca
"Suffice for me to say he's so exceptional I'd pay to watch him train."
"How in the name of Jesus are we getting to the point where a guy flies into the country and he will play for Ireland?"
"He would as soon eat his own entrails as Tweet."
"Deans has destroyed Australian rugby and I want him to go."
"This was an unfortunate case of human error."
"We looked up and Netani was sucking out the eyeballs and spitting out the little hard bit in the middle on to his plate."
"You have got to remember Chris hasn't been with the club now for four months - out of sight out of mind."
"'It's quite simple', he would say, 'all you need is a girl that looks like Cindy Crawford and is able to calve a cow in the middle of the night'."
"Gav has had three or four years of fannying around and not being serious about his rugby."
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