A giant of the game in more ways than one, Martin Johnson is widely regarded as one of the greatest locks to have ever played the game.
Here’s 10 of our favourite quotes from one of England’s most divisive sporting personalities (warning: this piece rather unsurprisingly contains strong language):
As a player, Johnson famously led England to glory at the 2003 Rugby World Cup and also captained the British & Irish Lions in 1997 and 2001 – the first player to have ever led the elite tourists on two occasions.
Make sure to tell us your favourite Martin Johnson quotes in the comments if they didn’t make our list.
Martin Johnson quotes
1. Wise words in the scrum
“Do you expect me to have some Churchill-type speech in my pocket for such moments,” Johnson said with a wry smile after he was asked what he told his England pack in the 2003 final. “I told them to bend over and push.”