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You said what? Here’s our 16 favourite Rugby World Cup quotes

From #seanobrienfacts to Marc Lievremont’s penchant for pessimism, we round up the memorable words of wisdom from some of the sport’s most eminent figures… And George Hook.

You said what? Here’s our 16 favourite Rugby World Cup quotes
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  • George Hook provides an ever-so-slightly sensationalistic piece of analysis.

  • Jeremy Guscott criticises the England players' behaviour.

  • David Ellis comes up with France's best excuse yet.

  • Harassed hotel maid Annabel Newton lambasts the behaviour of Chris Ashton, amongst others.

  • Manu Tuilagi explains the apparent logic behind jumping behind off a ferry.

  • Piri Weepu was not the most laidback child in the world, according to his mother.

  • Tendai Mtawarira displays a less than comprehensive knowledge of Welsh rugby.

  • An anonymous source describes the antics of Mike Tindall.

  • John Smit sounds somewhat taken aback by Peter de Villiers' exorbitant praise of the player.

  • James Haskell comes up with a unique description of the stadum at Dunedin.

  • Tommy Bowe recalls his go-karting skills (or lack thereof).

  • Yes, but tell us what you really think about Nigel Owens, Sapolu.

  • One of the many memorable #seanobrienfacts courtesy of @simonoshea86

  • Martin Johnson manfully attempts to defend Mike Tindall's behaviour.

  • Marc Lievremont pays tribute to his French team.

  • Marc Lievremont provides more words of wisdom.

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