Rugby quotes to remember
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).