Rugby Quotes and Sayings

Posted by Brian

A bomb under the West car park at Twickenham on an international day would end fascism in England for a generation.
– Philip Toynbee

A major rugby tour by the British Isles to New Zealand is a cross between a medieval crusade and a prep school outing.
– John Hopkins

After England had been humbled by New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final: “I don’t know about us not having a Plan B when things went wrong, we looked like we didn’t have a Plan A.”
– Geoff Cooke (1995)

A vote for Japan is a vote for the future of rugby. We will do our best to make rugby a global sport.
– Yoshiro Mori

Beer and Rugby are more or less synonymous.
– Chris Laidlaw

Don’t ask me about emotions in the Welsh dressing room. I’m someone who cries when he watches Little House on the Prairie.
– Robert Norster (1994)

England’s coach Jack Powell, an immensely successful businessman, has the acerbic wit of Dorothy Parker and, according to most New Zealanders, a similar knowledge of rugby.
– Mark Reason Total Sport (1996)

He was a professional rugby player in the area that I played as a youngster. So a lot of people who I went to school with knew who he was and knew that he was black. So I would get racist taunts in school.
– Ryan Giggs

Most Misleading Campaign of 1991: England’s rugby World Cup squad, who promoted a scheme called ‘Run with the Ball’. Not, unfortunately, among themselves.
– Time Out (1991)

If the game is run properly as a professional game, you do not need 57 old farts running rugby.
– Will Carling (1995)

I’m still an amateur, of course, but I became rugby’s first millionaire five years ago.
– David Campese (1991)

On England’s new look against Australia: “This looks a good team on paper, let’s see how it looks on grass.
– Nigel Mellville (1984)

On his son Huw’s choice to play for England: “I knew he would never play for Wales … he’s tone deaf.
– Vemon Davies (1981)

On playing for Wales at Lansdowne Road, Dublin: “I didn’t know what was going on at the start in the swirling wind. The flags were all pointing in different directions and I thought the Irish had starched them just to fool us.”
– Mike Watkins (1984)

On Wales losing 28-9 against Australia: “No leadership, no ideas. Not even enough imagination to thump someone in the line-up when the ref wasn’t looking.”
– J.P.R. Williams (1984)

Pre-game pep talk before facing England: “Look what these bastards have done to Wales. They’ve taken our coal, our water, our steel. They buy our houses and they only live in them for a fortnight every 12 months. What have they given us? Absolutely nothing. We’ve been exploited, raped, controlled and punished by the English – and that’s who you are playing this afternoon.”
– Phil Bennett (1977)

Remember that rugby is a team game; all 14 of you make sure you pass the ball to Jonah.
– Anon fax to N.Z. team (1995)

Rugby is not like tea, which is good only in England, with English water and English milk. On the contrary, rugby would be better, frankly, if it were made in a Twickenham pot and warmed up in a Pyrenean cauldron.
– Dennis LaLanne (1960)

Rugby is a good occasion for keeping thirty bullies far from the center of the city.
– Oscar Wilde

Rugby is a beastly game played by gentlemen; soccer is a gentleman’s game played by beasts; football is a beastly game played by beasts.
– Henry Blaha

Rugby is great.The players don’t wear helmets or padding; they just beat the living daylights out of each other and then go for a beer.I love that.
– Joe Theismann

Subdue and penetrate.
– The motto of the All-Blacks

The French selectors never do anything by halves; for the first international of the season against Ireland they dropped half the three-quarter line.
– Nigel Starmer-Smith, BBC TV (1974)

The whole point of rugby is that it is, first and foremost, a state of mind, a spirit.
– Jean-Pierre Rives

The job of Welsh coach is like a minor part in a Quentin Tarantino film: you stagger on, you hallucinate, nobody seems to understand a word you say, you throw up, you get shot. Poor old Kevin Bowring has come up through the coaching structure so he knows what it takes … 15 more players than Wales have at present.
– Mark Reason Total Sport (1996)

The tactical difference between Football and Rugby with its varieties seems to be that in the former, the ball is the missile, in the latter, men are the missles.
– Alfred E. Crawley

The only hope for the England rugby union team is to play it all for laughs. It would pack them in if the public address system at Twickenham was turned up full blast to record the laughs at every inept bit of passing, kicking or tackling. The nation would be in fits … and on telly the BBC would not need a commentator but just a tape of that Laughing Policeman, turning it loud at the most hilarious bits.
– Jim Rivers, letter to The Guardian (1979)

What happens when a game of football is proposed at Christmas among a party of your men assembled from different schools? Alas! … The Eton man is enamoured of his own rules, and turns up his nose at Rugby as not sufficiently aristocratic, while the Rugbeian retorts that ‘bullying’ and ‘sneaking’ are not to his taste, and he is not afraid of his shins, or of a ‘maul’ or ‘scrimmage’. On hearing this the Harrovian pricks up his ears, and though he might previously have sided with Rugby, the insinuation against the courage of those who do not allow ‘shinning’ arouses his ire, and causes him to refuse to lay with one who has offered it. Thus it is found impossible to get up a game.” – Editorial, The Field, 1861, reflecting the confused state of affairs that existed in the years before rugby and football emerged as separate disciplines.
– Unknown

You can go to the end of time, the last World Cup in the history of mankind, and the All-Blacks will be favourites for it.
– Phil Kearns


38 Comments »

  • Emerson Frye said:

    I wanted a play that would paint the full face of sensualtiy, rebellion and revivalism. In South Wales these three phenomena have played second fiddle only to the Rugby Union which is a distillation of all three.
    – Gwyn Thomas

  • James Chavez said:

    Rugby may have many problems, but the gravest is undoubtedly that of the persistence of summer.
    – Chris Laidlaw

  • Bradley Rosales said:

    Rugby players are either piano shifters or piano movers. Fortunately, I am one of those who can play a tune.
    – Pierre Danos

  • Janel Jenkins said:

    Rugby is played by men with odd shaped balls.
    – Car bumper sticker

  • Ginger Gilbert said:

    The advantage law is the best law in rugby,because it lets you ignore all the others for the good of the game.
    – Derek Robinson

    Rugby is a game for the mentally deficient… That is why it was invented by the British. Who else but an Englishman could invent an oval ball?
    – Peter Pook

  • David said:

    The main difference between playing League and Union is that now I get my hangovers on Monday instead of Sunday.

  • Carolyn Simpson said:

    I prefer rugby to soccer. I enjoy the violence in rugby, except when they start biting each other’s ears off.
    – Elizabeth Taylor

  • Weldon Ruiz said:

    There is far too much talk about good ball and bad ball. In my opinion, good ball is when you have possession and bad ball is when the opposition have it.
    – Dick Jeeps

  • honesty said:

    To play rugby league, you need three things: a good pass, a good tackle and a good excuse.

  • pocon said:

    Hi there! i am waiting to get some more quotes from you!

  • Rich Meadows said:

    I like to think I play rugby as it should be played – there are no yellow or red cards in my collection – but I cannot say I’m an angel.
    – Jonny Wilkinson

  • Jan Duke said:

    A game played by fewer than fifteen a side, at least half of whom should be totally unfit.
    – Michael Green, British humorist.

  • levitra said:

    On England’s new rubber training suit-As you run around Battersea Park in them, looking like a cross between a member of the SAS and Blake’s Seven, there is always the lingering fear of arrest.
    – Brian Moore

  • lega vxs said:

    After an All-Blacks surprise loss to the French in the 1999 Rugby World Cup: “The French are predictably unpredictable.”
    – Andrew Mehrtens

  • befioa hadvr said:

    On female rugby teams – Everybody thinks we should have moustaches and hairy arses, but in fact you could put us all on the cover of Vogue.
    – Helen Kirk

  • name said:

    best of the best game it is.

  • Johan said:

    It’s a really exciting time to be involved in Welsh rugby.

  • Victor Cahn said:

    In our country, true teams rarely exist . . . social barriers and personal ambitions have reduced athletes to dissolute cliques or individuals thrown together for mutual profit . . . Yet these rugby players. with their muddied, cracked bodies, are struggling to hold onto a sense of humanity that we in America have lost and are unlikely to regain. The game may only be to move a ball forward on a dirt field, but the task can be accomplished with an unshackled joy and its memories will be a permanent delight. The women and men who play on that rugby field are more alive than too many of us will ever be. The foolish emptiness we think we perceive in their existence is only our own.

  • Laleundulse said:
  • Jim Glennon said:

    I may not have been very tall or very athletic, but the one thing I did have was the most effective backside in world rugby.

  • Andrew Cor said:

    “The only trophy we won this day, was the blood and sweat we left on the pitch…. and it was enough”

  • Chris Laidlaw said:

    Rugby may have many problems, but the gravest is undoubtedly that of the persistence of summer.

  • Rugby Player said:

    I wanted a play that would paint the full face of sensualtiy, rebellion and revivalism. In South Wales these three phenomena have played second fiddle only to the Rugby Union which is a distillation of all three.

  • Punch said:

    “Rory Underwood: The gentleman athlete and flightmeister.”

  • Jeeves said:

    Rugby football is a game I can’t claim absolutely to understand in all its niceties, if you know what I mean. I can follow the broad, general principles, of course. I mean to say, I know that the main scheme is to work the ball down the field somehow and deposit it over the line at the other end and that, in order to squalch this programme, each side is allowed to put in a certain amount of assault and battery and do things to its fellow man which, if done elsewhere, would result in 14 days without the option, coupled with some strong remarks from the Bench.

  • Motor said:

    “The lads say my bum is the equivalent of one ‘Erica’.”
    – Bill Beaumont

  • Borkselli said:

    “The only trophy we won this day, was the blood and sweat we left on the pitch…. and it was enough”

  • Tabidi said:

    On trying to stop Phil Horrocks-Taylor: “Every time I went to tackle him, Horrocks went one way, Taylor went the other, and all I got was the bloody hyphen.”
    – Nick England

  • Vivian said:

    To Princess Anne’s son Peter Phillips, Gordonstoun School’s rugby captain, for his pre-match coin-toss preference: “Grandmother or tails, sir?”

  • Porto MoM said:

    “Rugby may have many problems, but the gravest is undoubtedly that of the persistence of summer.”

  • Porto MoM said:

    “On female rugby teams – Everybody thinks we should have moustaches and hairy arses, but in fact you could put us all on the cover of Vogue.”
    – Helen Kirk (1987)

  • Atrodo Star said:

    On his successors in the Oxford University backs: “I’ve seen better centres in a box of Black Magic.
    – JoeMcPartlin

  • Speedu said:

    “Tony Ward is the most important rugby player in Ireland. His legs are far more important to his country than even those of Marlene Dietrich were to the film industry. A little hairier, maybe, but a pair of absolute winners.”
    – C.M.H. Gibson, Wales v Ireland match programme (1979)

  • stype sycle said:

    “The relationship between the Welsh and the English is based on trust and understanding. They don’t trust us and we don’t understand them.”
    – Dudley Wood

  • Finee quecen said:

    Rugby is played by men with odd shaped balls.
    – Car bumper sticker

  • Finee Queen said:

    After an All-Blacks surprise loss to the French in the 1999 Rugby World Cup: “The French are predictably unpredictable.”
    – Andrew Mehrtens

  • Nicole said:

    I hit like a girl……Rugby player!!!!!! I have played rugby for the first time this year and I love it. I have made so many friends and got to beat people up and get away with it :)

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