Rugby quotes to re­mem­ber

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO OPINION -

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

Af­ter Eng­land had been hum­bled by New Zealand in the World Cup semi-fi­nal in 1995.

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

Pre-game pep talk be­fore fac­ing Eng­land, 1977.

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. CMH Gib­son

Wales v Ire­land match pro­gramme (1979).

We’ve lost seven of our last eight matches. Only team that we’ve beaten was Western Samoa. Good job we didn’t play the whole of Samoa. Gareth Davies

Welsh rugby player, 1989.

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).

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