Twitter, whitebaiting and spoiled brats - The Year in Quotes
December 24, 2011
Samoa's Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu has his own section in the quotes of the year © 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.
"The one thing that is consistent about Gavin Henson is that he's still pretty orange."
"To get a standing ovation and to get to the semi-finals was a great feeling. It tops any rugby tournament, evening winning the Six Nations."
"I'm going to have to train my ass off for probably the last time in my life that I ever have to get in shape and it's a challenge"
"It is the correct ball?"
"Yes it is"
"He gave his all on the field for the teams he represented and - at his prime - was the best scrum-half in world rugby. His current health problems are the cruellest twist of fate for one who was so athletic in his prime."
"What the officials saw I just don't know. It's unbelievable. The tackle without the ball was enough to warrant a yellow card. For the young lad to react like he did...it was terrible."
"We were shellshocked and needed leaders. I said comebacks happen in finals - I knew we could come back."
"There are one or two exceptional things that have happened and one or two individuals who have brought a great besmirch to Welsh rugby"
"When I hear the coach talking like that it reminds me of my wife. She thinks I'm the most handsome guy in the world."
"Rugby player drinks beer - shocker."
"People have got to start pointing some fingers and saying 'This is not acceptable.'"
"Ok, it's obvious the IRB are unjust. Wales get 7 days, we get 3. Unfair treatment, like slavery, like the holocaust, like apartheid. F*** U. Give Wales 3 days off, and give Samoa a week!! We would kill them!!!"
"Go to hell with your question."
"All I'm hearing is how ******** the ref was. Ha ha. He was ****ing ****. I can understand the hate. Ha ha, good luck you racist biased *****."
"He was a prick to coach."
"Why spoil the semi-final with a red card? He's not a dirty player. I'm just gutted."
"I told them they are a bunch of spoiled brats. Undisciplined, disobedient, sometimes selfish. Always complaining, always whingeing."
"Personally, you've got some peace, and that's a great feeling."
"My mates are probably thinking 'there's the bloke who was kicking back with a few beers and going whitebaiting with us out in the middle of Eden Park'. My preparation hasn't been ideal. When you go whitebaiting you usually take a couple of beers with you. So my fitness was probably not what it could have been. Fortunately I only had to hold out for 50 minutes."
"At one stage we were so close to them that they wanted to kiss the New Zealanders, but I told them to take it easy. It was a great moment and a moment we will remember all our lives."
"We just wanted Johnno to have the bollocks to take action, especially after the Tindall night. He was too loyal and that was his downfall."
"At our club there is a brutally honest policy. If you mess up you are bollocked and understand you have let your team-mates down. In England there was a no-blame/excuse culture where you swept things under the carpet."
"To hear one senior player in the changing room say straight after the quarter-final defeat 'there's £35k just got down the toilet' made me feel sick."
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Tom Hamilton is the Assistant Editor of ESPNscrum.
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