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5 of the greatest rugby quotes

“Rugby is the closest you’ll get to going to war.You are playing a very physical game and you look after each other -if someone is on the floor being kicked, you go in there, you get down to basics, you get close to each other.You have respect for someone who is taking it alongside you.” – Will Carling

“Rugby is a hooligans game played by gentlemen.” – Winston Churchill

“I’d like to thank the press from the heart of my bottom.” – Nick Easter, after England silenced the doubters with their quarter-final win over Australia.

“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

“Rugby gave me a confidence. I was quite shy and relatively timid, but it gave me the confidence to be a little bit more out-going and back myself a bit more.” – Brian O’Driscoll

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