Rugga Quotables

image description  I'm closing this chapter in my life as I believe it is the right time to do so. I want to thank and acknowledge The Sharks for my time spent with the team.  image description
~ Sharks director of rugby Jake White after resigning from his role ~
image description  They are three promising young players we've identified and we'd like to expose them to the Springbok ethos while also having a look at what they can do in training.  image description
~ Bok coach Heyneke Meyer on Nizaam Carr, Seabelo Senatla and Lizo Gqoboka joining his squad for on and off-field sessions ~
image description  The guys enjoy playing here and we are proud to have kept our unbeaten record at home in tact.  image description
~ Golden Lions coach Johan Ackermann after his side's win over WP at Ellis Park ~
image description  I think the game is difficult to ref. If I was allowed to do one thing in the game I would rip the rule book up and I'd write another one and just put in the rules that are necessary.  image description
~ All Blacks coach Steve Hansen gives his reasons on why he wants a drastic overhaul on the game's rules ~
image description  I think you know the answer and I know the answer, so I'm not going to answer. The ref is always right.  image description
~ Bok coach Heyneke Meyer on Bryan Habana's yellow card in the loss to the Wallabies ~
image description  We have been giving up the ball far too easily and we have not been able to put the opposing defences under any pressure.  image description
~ EP Kings coach Carlos Spencer on his side's poor performances in the Currie Cup ~
image description  It could've gone either way.  image description
~ Jean de Villiers ~
image description  That game could have gone either way.  image description
~ Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer after Saturday's narrow win over Argentina ~
image description  We definitely didn't execute as well as we wanted too, it was tough at times and Argentina put up a good fight.  image description
~ Bok flank Francois Louw ~
image description  It does (make it more challenging playing out of position) and I think with Jean playing on the inside it helps quite a bit, but it is still exciting times and I'm looking forward to it.  image description
~ New Springbok Damian de Allende on making his Test debut at outside centre ~
image description  To be the best, you have to compete against the best.  image description
~ Sharks scrum-half Cobus Reinach on the prospect of replacing Fourie du Preez in the Springbok team. ~
image description  Jaco van der Walt (replacement) is a talented player but obviously Marnitz is also a match winner and it will be a big loss if he is out.  image description
~ Golden Lions coach Johan Ackermann on Marnitz Boshoff's arm injury ~
image description  Victor Matfield and Jan Serfontein both did superbly well in his absence, but he is our captain and I'm sure he will slot back into the side without any difficulty.  image description
~ Bok coach Heyneke Meyer on the return of first-choice captain and inside centre Jean de Villiers ~
image description  It was decided upon that all contracted Boks will play no part in the Currie Cup, which puts us at a bit of a disadvantage.  image description
~ Sharks CEO John Smit on the news he received from SARU on the Springboks' participation in the Currie Cup ~
image description  We've played together for many years for the Sharks and Springboks. This has created a tight brotherhood between us. We're very close on and off the field.  image description
~ Beast Mtawarira on playing with the Du Plessis brothers ~
image description  I was screaming so loud sitting at home watching that game from my couch that I think the neighbours must have thought someone was dying in my house! It was a very proud moment for all Sharks fans, and in particular, the group representing the Sharks that day.  image description
~ Sharks pivot Pat Lambie on his side's win over the Crusaders in Christchurch earlier this year. ~
image description  The loose forward department is one area where South Africa never lacks quality. This will make things tougher, but it will also motivate me to work harder. If I can give my best on the field, I believe I will get there [make the Springbok squad].  image description
~ Bulls number eight Pierre Spies on his chances of making a return to the Bok team ~
image description  "It was some of our best rugby in terms of linking our forwards and backs.  image description
~ Sharks boss Jake White on his side's fightback in their play-off win over the Highlanders ~
image description  This will be my last season as a Toulon player. That will be the end of Bakkies Botha.  image description
~ Bok lock Bakkies Botha on his retirement plans ~
image description  The biggest thing for the most talented players is that they want to play for the Springboks so we must show them that their best chance of realising that dream is if they play here for the Bulls.  image description
~ Bulls boss Frans Ludeke on producing players for the Springboks ~
image description  We played some of our best rugby this year and it was pleasing especially because it was against a side like the Bulls.  image description
~ Stormers coach Allister Coetzee on his side's performance against the Bulls ~
image description  We need to be physical as well as play good attacking rugby.  image description
~ Cheetahs boss Naka Drotské on how to beat the Sharks ~
image description  There isn't actually a word that describes the feeling when you [make] your debut for South Africa.  image description
~ New Springbok fly-half Handre Pollard on his Test debut ~
image description  I almost don't want to say it, but I'm worried about the state of the players. I've never seen the players so fatigued or overplayed at this stage of the year.  image description
~ Bok boss Heyneke Meyer on the condition of his players after their series win over Wales ~
image description  It's easy to get here, it's difficult to stay here - you're never safe.  image description
~ Springbok number eight Duane Vermeulen on playing at Test level ~
image description  Willie is probably the best fullback in the world at the moment. He is playing with a lot of confidence and has a license to express himself.  image description
~ Bok coach Heyneke Meyer on full-back Willie le Roux's performance against Wales in Durban ~
image description  We are working hard in training to be as well prepared as we can be for Sunday. For us it will be important to stay calm and to focus our game plan and structures.  image description
~ Baby Boks wing Sergeal Petersen on his side's JWC semi-final clash against New Zealand U20 ~
image description  Wales are a quality side with big backs which will give them go forward ball.  image description
~ Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer ~
image description  The World XV players have a responsibility to perform and if they don't they will be in for a very unpleasant afternoon.  image description
~ World XV coach Nick Mallett ~
image description  He is one of the best hookers in the world, is one of the nominees for Heineken Cup Player of the Year and brings heaps of experience with him.  image description
~ Bok boss Heyneke Meyer on Schalk Brits' inclusion in his 36-man squad for the June Tests ~
image description  He backed me through the Currie Cup and continued to do that this season.  image description
~ Cheetahs flanker Teboho Mohoje on the influence of his coach Naka Drotske ~
image description  Losing our captain is a massive setback  image description
~ Heyneke Meyer on Jean de Villiers' injury ~
image description  A belief is starting to grow in the team...it felt like the Bulls of old   image description
~ Bulls lock Victor Matfield after beating the Stormers ~
image description  I know the weaknesses they had when they were developing their game. Obviously, they would have worked on those weaknesses and got better, but I do know them well.  image description
~ Sharks boss Jake White on facing his former team, the Brumbies ~
image description  The 100th is great but the loss will stand out on the day.  image description
~ Cheetahs captain Adriaan Strauss after his side's loss to the Bulls ~
image description  We will take this and hopefully get some momentum.  image description
~ Victor Matfield ~
image description  We will take this and hopefully get some momentum.  image description
~ Victor Matfield ~
image description  To score five tries against the Stormers - a side that has a very good defensive system - is a really good achievement.  image description
~ Naka Drotske ~
image description  I am very satisfied with this win and the players showed great attitude.  image description
~ Stormers boss Allister Coetzee after his side's victory over the Lions ~
image description  We are looking forward to this one, and we want to see if we can correct what we did wrong in the last two weeks and get the confidence back up there.  image description
~ Lions boss Johan Ackermann ahead of his side's clash with the Stormers at Newlands ~
image description  At the moment we aren't where we want to be. We need to have a look at ourselves and work hard.  image description
~ Cheetahs captain Adriaan Strauss on his side's current form ~
image description  Somewhere our luck must change, and things must turn.  image description
~ Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske ahead of Saturday's clash with the Crusaders in Bloemfontein ~
image description  There are guys who are coming in who are scared (to attack) because of the position we are in.  image description
~ Stormers stand-in skipper Duane Vermeulen ~
image description  The Chiefs are a quality side that also showed last week against the Bulls that they can come back from 15 or 20 points down if you let them.  image description
~ Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské after his side's 43-43 draw with the Chiefs ~
image description  I'll still tour as a coach and I'll still be involved in the training sessions. I'll keep myself ready for that first game back.  image description
~ Bulls lock Victor Matfield after it was revealed he will revert to his coaching role on the side's tour to Australasia ~
image description  Sometimes tough decisions need to be made and a unified vision and support is crucial in this process.  image description
~ New Stormers and WP director of rugby Gert Smal ~
image description  We will take whatever win we can, but I would like to do it in style.  image description
~ Sharks director of rugby Jake White ahead of facing the Waratahs ~
image description  They are not the champions for nothing. We will have to be very accurate and use our chances if we want to be victorious.  image description
~ Bulls captain Victor Matfield on his side's clash with the Chiefs ~
image description  We have always strived to have strong accountability within our team and importantly, accountability for the competition  image description
~ SANZAR Refs Manager Lyndon Bray ~
image description  Derby matches always have added significance and you have to win as many of them as possible in order to ensure that you win the conference.  image description
~ Sharks director of rugby Jake White ~
image description  We felt the pressure and came out of our line a few times, which proved to be costly.   image description
~ Stormers coach Allister Coetzee ~
image description  The Stormers get a bit more expansive when they come to New Zealand.  image description
~ Chiefs assistant coach Wayne Smith ~
image description  The Lions' competitiveness also shows the depth in South African rugby.  image description
~ Sharks director of rugby Jake White ~
image description  We know we can still improve in many areas, but we're happy to be heading abroad with that 'W' behind our name and we will build on that in what will be a very challenging tour.  image description
~ Stormers boss Allister Coetzee after their win over the Hurricanes ~
image description  It wasn’t an ideal start to our season – a rude awakening for us, but we know that we have a lot of hard work to do this week in order to bounce back.  image description
~ Stormers boss Allister Coetzee on his side's loss to the Lions ~
image description  We had ten potential opportunities to put points on the board, but managed to lose the ball instead of making it count on the scoreboard  image description
~ Stormers coach Allister Coetzee ~
image description  Encouraging progress was made and we now have a preferred model that involves six teams from South Africa and a new team from Argentina.  image description
~ SANZAR CEO Greg Peters on the decision to expand Super Rugby to 17 teams ~
image description  This must be the easiest way the Sharks have ever beaten us  image description
~ Bulls coach Frans Ludeke ~
image description  It's not Duane or Jean's first season of Super Rugby... so I'm not worried about them at all.  image description
~ Stormers boss Allister Coetzee on Duane Vermeulen and Jean de Villiers having little game-time in warm-up matches. ~
image description  In my view, the current Bok team is the best one ever and will take the trophy next year. I want to be part of that team.  image description
~ Bulls lock Victor Matfield on South Africa's chances at next year's World Cup in England ~
image description  I have always said that if we move to Cape Town Stadium, then all the details will be made public and the process must be fair, open and transparent.  image description
~ WP president Thelo Wakefield after suspending talks with the City of Cape Town over a possible move to Cape Town Stadium ~
image description  There is some very good competition between Johan Goosen and Elgar Watts.  image description
~ Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske on the rivalry for his side's fly-half position ~
image description  We are here to assist the provinces with the ultimate goal of improving the game across the board in South Africa.  image description
~ SARU High performance manager Rassie Erasmus on the new coaching blueprint for SA ~
image description  In the past our defence put us in such a comfort zone that we simply didn't put any emphasis on attack.  image description
~ Stormers flanker Schalk Burger on his team's game-plan ~
image description  He's a freak and one of the best players in the world. He's a leader by example and I have no doubt he will be a success.  image description
~ Sharks director of rugby Jake White after naming Bismarck du Plessis as captain ~
image description  Pat Lambie is going to play at number ten, that's it. He is not going to play anywhere else for the Sharks except at fly-half.  image description
~ Sharks director of rugby Jake White ~
image description  "I also wanted him to know that I wanted to have a look at him when he was fit again and that as far as I was concerned the past belongs in the past."  image description
~ Sharks coach Jake White on Luke Watson ~
image description  Madiba had a place in all our hearts and his passing is a personal blow to us all.  image description
~ SARU president Oregan Hoskins ~
image description  He (Steve Hansen) seems to get the best out of his players and hopefully he can do that for us this weekend.  image description
~ Barbarians captain Jean de Villiers ~
image description  It makes it results-wise one of the best years South African rugby's had in a very long time.  image description
~ Springbok captain Jean de Villiers ~
image description  If we play to our ability and get our plan right, it doesn't matter what the opposition bring.  image description
~ Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer ~
image description  New Zealand and South Africa have often brought the best out of France.  image description
~ Bok scrum consultant Pieter de Villiers ~
image description  You never know what the French will bring to the game.   image description
~ Springbok wing JP Pietersen ~
image description  I've coached Bakkies for years now and have seldom seen him look this good.  image description
~ Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer ~
image description  We felt in control for most of the game and I think our experience showed in the way we finished.  image description
~ Springbok captain Jean de Villiers ~
image description  I have always said there is no such thing as bad weather, only soft players.   image description
~ Bok coach Heyneke Meyer on match conditions ~
image description  Manuel comes with a host of experience in one of the toughest leagues in the world - the Top 14.  image description
~ Stormers coach Allister Coetzee on Manuel Carizza ~
image description  Finals are won by the team that makes the least mistakes.  image description
~ WP captain Deon Fourie ~
image description  We are preparing to face the Sharks' Springbok front row and it is important how we react, rather than feel the pressure and go into a tailspin.  image description
~ WP forwards coach Matt Proudfoot ~
image description  It will be foolish to talk about winning the final if you haven't gone through the semis.  image description
~ Western Province coach Allister Coetzee ~
image description  "Dr. Daan is arguably the best knee specialist in the country who does all the rugby players' knees and Niel had him pass specific tests."  image description
~ Cheetahs boss Naka Drotske on Johan Goosen's return from injury ~
image description  "Jake is an experienced coach whose track record speaks volumes about his ability to rally his team and get the best out of them."  image description
~ Sharks CEO John Smit on Jake White ~
image description  It's a very good result for us.  image description
~ WP coach Allister Coetzee ~
image description  The only thing I want from Bismarck is to be Bismarck.  image description
~ Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer ~
image description  "It's a great sign when you pick up a record win at Newlands against a quality side and you win, but you're not that happy."  image description
~ Bok coach Heyneke Meyer after beating Australia ~
image description  "The main thing about him is that we have an extra coach on the field. He is calm, organises the defence, the attack, and the kicking game."  image description
~ Bok coach Heyneke Meyer on Fourie du Preez ~
image description  He has always been part of our long-term plans and we are looking forward to welcoming him back.  image description
~ Heyneke Meyer on Pieter-Steph du Toit ~
image description  "I do not expect an apology. I have no doubt that Mr Poite had no ill intentions towards the Springboks or me."  image description
~ Bismarck du Plessis on Romain Poite's refereeing ~
image description  Hopefully it is a moment where [James O'Connor] understands that he might need to change something to get the best out of himself  image description
~ Wallabies skipper James Horwill ~
image description  "But if that doesn't work out (Making the Springbok side), I hope to do well enough to get into the French team."  image description
~ Castres scrum-half Rory Kockott ~
image description  Just as players and coaches make mistakes, the decision was an unfortunate case of human error by the match officials  image description
~ IRB on Bismarck du Plessis' first yellow card ~
image description  "I truly believe that guys are well educated so we've got a saying that the ref is always right."  image description
~ Bok coach Heyneke Meyer on referee Romain Poite ~
image description  "His defence is brilliant and when he cleans you out at a ruck you're likely not to remember your second name! The Bulls won't be able to get under his skin."  image description
~ UWC coach Peter de Villiers on WP's Taz Fuzani ~
image description  "I'm really happy with the work we've done at the breakdown so I don't foresee any problems there with the referee."  image description
~ Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer ~
image description  You know you're always going to get physicality with the Springboks but when they're really well with the ball in hand they pose a real threat.  image description
~ All Blacks centre Conrad Smith ~
image description  We think the breakdown is going to be a war like it always is, especially in New Zealand.  image description
~ Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer ~
image description  If we are going to progress as a team, we need to start winning away from home.  image description
~ Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer ~
image description  These are things, I believe, which are not part of rugby and I would like them to be sorted out.  image description
~ Springbok skipper Jean de Villiers on foul play ~
image description  I feel at home in Sydney, it's where my family are. The Waratahs are a team going places and I'm really looking forward to playing some good consistent rugby.  image description
~ Kurtley Beale ~
image description  At the end of the week Ewen's got to pick the team and you better ask him. He may not know, but ask him anyway.  image description
~ Steve Hansen ~
image description  This was a decision I had thought long and hard about for some time.. But I believed the time was right to move on - both for me and the team.  image description
~ Former South African Sevens coach Paul Treu ~
image description  The Kings have 32 per cent of the playing population and 72 per cent of that is coloured. We understand the need for six teams in South Africa.  image description
~ SANZAR CEO Greg Peters ~
image description   The Springboks are away so that does create a few more opportunities to blood youngsters  image description
~ Sharks director of rugby Brendan Venter ~
image description  I believe, in terms of playing international rugby, openside is the position where Deon has the best chance of making it.  image description
~ Stormers coach Allister Coetzee on Deon Fourie ~
image description  We tried to have an attacking mindset at that point... Not always a popular choice but you have to back what you want to do and the guys were in the same mindset.  image description
~ Bulls captain Dewald Potgieter ~
image description  I think we can just look at where we went wrong and work on those things, and that should help our game massively. I thought the guys played well at stages but there were times, on attack, when we weren't great.  image description
~ Kings captain Darron Nell ~
image description  We certainly respect the Brumbies as an opponent, but this match will be about us and our ability and drive to make them play the game at our tempo and to our game plan.  image description
~ Bulls coach Frans Ludeke ~
image description  I was very confident in Riaan (to kick the conversion). I thought he had a great kick and I thought it was over but that was unfortunate for us tonight.  image description
~ Cheetahs captain Adriaan Strauss ~
image description  We have a few players who have had these opportunities before and come up short. The most important thing for us is that we put in our best performance and that comes by preparing as well as we can.  image description
~ Richie McCaw ~
image description  We know how the Brumbies will play and we know how to prepare for their game plan.  image description
~ Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske ~
image description  Maybe we should start toning down all this negativity attached to WP and the Stormers.  image description
~ Stormers captain Jean de Villiers ~
image description  It was not a good feeling when we walked off the field. Obviously, a lot has gone into winning the SA conference trophy but we saw tonight that we still need to react when we're trailing in a match.  image description
~ Bulls captain Dewald Potgieter ~
image description  I accept that my decision to go overseas may make it harder for me to retain my spot.  image description
~ Springbok wing Bryan Habana ~
image description  We have one more box to tick to reach our goal.  image description
~ Bulls coach Frans Ludeke ~
image description  That is the kind of character you need in this final phase.  image description
~ Bulls coach Frans Ludeke ~
image description  Robbie's the coach. He's contracted, he's the coach. He's a great coach and now's not the time to time to talk about it.  image description
~ Wallaby captain James Horwill on coach Robbie Deans ~
image description  We will face a Sharks team that will be desperate, as they need to win to keep their play-off hopes alive, but we have also goals to achieve and to get there, we need to keep on winning.  image description
~ Bulls coach Frans Ludeke ~
image description  We showed character to get the result. We could have given up, but didn't and we scored in the last minute which was outstanding, a great effort which showed commitment and effort from the boys.  image description
~ Sharks coach Grant Bashford ~
image description  “The players know tomorrow is the most important day of the tournament and they will leave nothing out there."   image description
~ SA Sevens coach Paul Treu ~
image description  The hard work has been done, our magnificent coaching staff and the support staff and families back home have done their bit to get us ready and now is the time for us to deliver.   image description
~ South African Sevens captain Kyle Brown ~
image description  Luke [Watson] is an excellent player, and an excellent leader, but unfortunately this season, Luke has just had a litany of injuries. He's just had really bad luck.   image description
~ Kings director of rugby Alan Solomons ~
image description  To score 50 tries in a career at any level of rugby is great, but to score 50 for your country is outstanding  image description
~ Bok captain Jean de Villiers on Bryan Habana ~
image description  We've got to adapt quicker to the interpretation...It's not about moaning about it afterwards. We've got to sort it out on the field.   image description
~ Bok forwards coach Johann van Graan ~
image description  It is frustrating if you know you have the backs and you want to play exciting rugby but you don't get quick ball.  image description
~ Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer ~
image description  I’m feeling awesome, but I am definitely not where I was a year ago. I am taking steps in the right direction.   image description
~ Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis ~
image description  Brendan Venter was the first guy I spoke to. It's unfortunate how Nick Mallet has used his supposed contact.  image description
~ Sharks CEO John Smit ~
image description  What amazes me about Bryan is that sometimes I watch him play Super Rugby and he looks really ordinary, but then he pulls on the Bok jersey and he's a different player.  image description
~ Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer ~
image description  You get to the point where your health is more important and rugby is not a consideration, but now that I'm recovering well I want to play rugby again.  image description
~ Schalk Burger ~
image description  If there are injuries then we might have to look at more guys overseas and there are some quality guys there.  image description
~ Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer ~
image description  The Stormers do have quality outside backs, but don't know how to use them.  image description
~ Carlos Spencer ~
image description  I always knew Morné was mentally tough and every player goes through a bad patch. I don't think he played badly last year, it was just his kicking that let him down and, unfortunately for a No.10, kicking is your main thing and you have to do it well.  image description
~ Heyneke Meyer ~
image description  Coaching is certainly not only about winning trophies, but also about developing players and people, and when their abilities are rewarded at national level, it is a feather in the cap to all concerned  image description
~ Frans Ludeke ~
image description  Overseas-based players were not considered for this camp as some of them are still playing in their respective finals this coming weekend.  image description
~ Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer ~
image description  To be honest, it was embarrassing... the players understood the importance of this game ...but, yet again, we were our own worst enemies.  image description
~ Stormers coach Allister Coetzee ~
image description  "I have never had a problem with any person in our rugby squad. Since this report surfaced I have had nothing but support from my teammates of all cultures. This is a lesson that younger players in our squad can learn - when a team is struggling with form then you become an easy target."  image description
~ Keegan Daniel ~
image description  A lot of credit must go to the crowd - we got absolutely pumped last week (by the Waratahs) and to see this crowd (18,500) here -- it's thanks to the supporters for turning up. We really appreciate the support."  image description
~ Luke Watson ~
image description  We've sent four to five guys home already and it's only halfway through the tour.  image description
~ Sharks coach John Plumtree ~
image description  Failure is not getting knocked down. It is about not getting up.   image description
~ Kings director of rugby Alan Solomons ~
image description  Clubs from outside are making offers worth millions of Rands which will make it very tough for us to keep Willie le Roux.  image description
~ Griquas CEO Arni van Rooyen ~
image description  Bryan's charge-down (of the conversion) was obviously a big moment. I haven't seen that done in rugby in a long time...   image description
~ Stormers coach Allister Coetzee ~
image description  Losing experienced players to overseas teams is not ideal, but it's their right to further their careers abroad.  image description
~ Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer ~
image description  I believe in loyalty but there's times when you can't trust anyone.  image description
~ Reds wing Digby Ioane ~
image description  I guess when you start winning it becomes a habit.  image description
~ Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske ~
image description  A lot of our inspiration and motivation is internally driven by the team.  image description
~ Kings captain Luke Watson ~
image description  South Africa is lagging far behind the rest of the world in breakdown play.  image description
~ Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer ~
image description  The players led the way in terms of critiquing themselves and making the decision that they wanted it to be a lot better this week.  image description
~ Force Head Coach Michael Foley ~
image description  History counts for nothing in this one, so past performances will have no bearing on this clash.  image description
~ Bulls captain Pierre Spies ~
image description  We won't make any excuses, but now every week is a must-win for us.  image description
~ Stormers skipper Jean de Villiers ~
image description  The evidence of doping in rugby is in front of our eyes but no one's interested  image description
~ Former France prop Laurent Benezech ~
image description  We've seen how well the Crusaders did their homework and we know that we can expect the same from the Cheetahs.  image description
~ Stormers coach Allister Coetzee ~
image description  We have three games before touring and there are some targets set, we also have to look at bonus points along the line.  image description
~ Sharks assistant coach Hugh Reece-Edwards ~
image description  It was clearly offside, definitely, we just looked at it. But that’s life...  image description
~ Bulls coach Frans Ludeke ~
image description  He will remain in hospital for the next 14 days and where after it will be at least another six weeks before he will be fit for playing.  image description
~ Statement regarding Schalk Burger ~
image description  I'm a little tired. I want things to be clear. I need a quick answer. I came to play Super Rugby, not to make money or anything.  image description
~ Kings hooker Virgile Lacombe ~
image description  That's not the way we wanted to end the tour, but I can't take much away from the Stormers... they played some quality rugby  image description
~ Brumbies coach Jake White ~
image description  The idea will be to play a high tempo ball in hand game that asks questions of the opposing defence.  image description
~ Brumbies coach Jake White ~
image description  Jake is South African and he knows the importance of collisions and he has a good understanding of our psyche.  image description
~ Stormers coach Allister Coetzee ~
image description  Slowly my players are understanding what I've been saying to them. Rugby is massive in South Africa and players take it deadly seriously.  image description
~ Brumbies coach Jake White ~
image description  The most important thing for us is to improve week after week.  image description
~ Kings stand-in skipper Steven Sykes ~
image description  We can't afford to consider the fact the Crusaders might not be the team they once were. It is when you start believing things like that, where you get yourself in trouble.   image description
~ Bulls coach Frans Ludeke ~
image description  Of course he's a very good coach, I mean you don't win the World Cup if you're not a good coach.  image description
~ Jannie du Plessis on Jake White ~
image description  Keegan (Daniel) trained really hard with us this morning and hopefully he'll be able to return this week, which will ease a little bit of the pain  image description
~ Sharks coach John Plumtree ~
image description  When you lose a Springbok and a quality player like Bryan (Habana) it's never an ideal situation, but we're getting Jaco Taute back.  image description
~ Stormers coach Allister Coetzee ~
image description  The medical staff have given me plenty of time to make a full recovery, so my focus has to turn to making that a reality.  image description
~ Brumbies & Wallaby flank David Pocock ~
image description  If your feet come off the ground and your head is in the clouds then this competition just bites you.  image description
~ Sharks coach John Plumtree ~
image description  It’s not melodramatic to say we're at a cross-roads, we need to start winning.   image description
~ Stormers coach Allister Coetzee ~
image description  I don't think there's much argument other than Steve had a pretty good day generally.  image description
~ Sanzar referees boss Lyndon Bray on Steve Walsh's perfomance in Brisbane ~
image description  Everything was about pressure out there and it came down to who could cope with it.  image description
~ Sharks coach John Plumtree ~
image description  We lost a lot of respect last year and we're slowly going to try and get it back one game at a time.  image description
~ Blues skipper Ali Williams ~
image description  We have still to decide who will do the place-kicking against the Sharks but Jantjies was kicking very well (at training)  image description
~ Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee ~
image description  The result of last year’s Currie Cup final will definitely mean something to our game against the Stormers.  image description
~ Sharks coach John Plumtree ~
image description  Players need to take ownership and they will have to pitch with the necessary desire.  image description
~ Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee ~
image description  We still have a lot of work to do and we don't want to get ahead of ourselves.   image description
~ Kings centre Andries Strauss ~
image description  It is a massive wakeup call for us and it just shows the difference between Currie Cup and Super Rugby.  image description
~ Stormers skipper Jean de Villiers ~
image description  You just have to ensure you're doing your best for the side every day. I am very satisfied so far.  image description
~ England centre Brad Barritt ~
image description  It is good to have Johan back in the thick of things.  image description
~ Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske ~
image description  We have an experienced core of players this year and it is something that hopefully will benefit us.  image description
~ Bulls coach Frans Ludeke ~
image description  It was a step-up from last week which is exactly what I wanted.   image description
~ Sharks coach John Plumtree on his side's pre-season win over the Pumas ~
image description  The Bulls rugby family is special..their work ethic commendable, something I want to be part of for the next couple of years.  image description
~ Jan Serfontein on his new Bulls contract ~
image description  I'll miss my front row seats on the big stage.  image description
~ Retiring SA referee Jonathan Kaplan ~
image description  It's unfortunate for the team and Eben, but like I said after the match - injuries are part and parcel of the game.  image description
~ Stormers coach Alistair Coetzee ~
image description  I can't tell you my message at half-time. There were a few harsh words, it was really unacceptable.  image description
~ Bok coach Heyneke Meyer ~
image description  If you've got that number on your back you have to be an enforcer...Bakkies did it and now it's my turn  image description
~ Lock Eben Etzebeth on his 'enforcer' role in the Springbok team ~
image description  That will be the biggest mistake in the history of SA rugby if you allow that demon back into the lions....no peoples skills.......we humans, not animals.  image description
~ Jonathan Mokuena Tweets about suspended Lions coach John Mitchell ~
image description  I'm excited to see what Pat can bring to the team. He played very well in the last few weeks of the Currie Cup and hopefully he can bring that momentum with him on Saturday.  image description
~ Bok coach Heyneke Meyer on Pat Lambie ~
image description  It’s amazing to be back in the team … the feeling is one you always dream about and I feel like a little boy playing Springbok rugby again.  image description
~ JP Pietersen on being back in the Bok camp ~
image description  Officially Black & White for next year! Its good to be home!!  image description
~ Butch James tweets his return to the Sharks ~
image description  We have come a long way as a team this year but we are looking to improve and take our game to the next level and win all three matches on tour.  image description
~ Bok captain Jean de Villiers ~
image description  There is a lot of Leinster players still in the Ireland setup. I see the weather is still very much the same...it’s great to be back in Dublin.  image description
~ Bok prop CJ van der Linde on facing his former Leinster team-mates ~
image description  We have come a long way as a team this year but we are looking to improve and take our game to the next level and win all three matches on tour.  image description
~ Springbok captain Jean de Villiers ~
image description  I never imagined that when I played against Australia in Perth in 2008, that it would be my last cap. But it looked that way.   image description
~ Saracens hooker Schalk Brits on his Springbok recall ~
image description  I think he can be a great fly-half...  image description
~ Bok coach Heyneke Meyer on Pat Lambie's future ~
image description  Being Springbok coach is a managerial job as much as anything else and it has been frustrating at times for me in this first season.  image description
~ Bok coach Heyneke Meyer ~
image description  I always hoped I would get another chance.  image description
~ Recalled Bok hooker Schalk Brits ~
image description  To make two finals in two major competitions and not win is devastating.  image description
~ Sharks coach John Plumtree ~
image description  The commitment, brotherhood and trust came out strongly.  image description
~ WP coach Allister Coetzee praises his Currie Cup-winning side ~
image description  If you look at the Habanas, Aplons, Pietersens, there are some really good players in that side, all capable of punishing defensive lapses.  image description
~ Sharks coach John Plumtree on WP's line-up ~
image description  I don't have a fixed position, but would really like to be considered at full-back.  image description
~ Springbok centre Jaco Taute on his move to the Stormers ~
image description  He is quite a good ball-carrier, he has got explosive pace, he is quite big and tall and he has got good core skills as well  image description
~ Western Province Allister Coetzee on inside centre Damian de Allende ~
image description  You do have a slight edge when you do host a final...  image description
~ Sharks captain Keegan Daniel ~
image description  It's called Australia pinching our players. That's the system breakdown.  image description
~ All Blacks coach Steve Hansen on Mike Harris playing for Australia ~
image description  ...it's another cheap shot. He seems to get them every week but everyone seems to miss them.  image description
~ All Blacks coach Steve Hansen on Richie McCaw taking a shot to the head ~
image description  It's been a tough year, there are four teams who can finish their season on a high and all four will be talking about that.  image description
~ Sharks coach John Plumtree ~
image description  I had four really good games at the World Cup and then I had that.  image description
~ Retired ref Bryce Lawrence on the RWC quarter-final ~
image description  Even though we lost our last game there, it didn't faze us because we now know we can beat the Sharks in Durban.  image description
~ Blue Bulls captain Dewald Potgieter ~
image description  I liked the way we physically dominated the scrum, and the tackle.  image description
~ Western Province Allister Coetzee ~
image description  I'm the Springbok coach who has picked the least amount of Bulls out of the last four coaches!  image description
~ Bok coach Heyneke Meyer speaking exclusively to SARugby.com ~
image description  Plan 'B' is a fallacy. You should plan every situation on its merits.  image description
~ Bok coach Heyneke Meyer speaking exclusively to SARugby.com ~
image description  I don't mind if people criticise. I'll always listen to constructive criticism, and some of it has been fair.   image description
~ Bok coach Heyneke Meyer speaking exclusively to SARugby.com ~
image description  We had a few inexperienced players against the best backline in the world and they will punish you if you make mistakes.  image description
~ SA coach Heyneke Meyer on his team conceding four tries ~
image description  The turning point came just after half time. We gave away a turnover against the best team in the world and suddenly we were behind.  image description
~ Bok coach Heyneke Meyer on where it went wrong for SA ~
image description  Can he handle the pressure? I can tell you not much bothers the Goose.  image description
~ Jean de Villiers on Bok pivot Johan Goosen ~
image description  We are in no doubt how big the challenge is for the team this weekend but it is one we are looking forward to as it will be a real test of our resolve and character.  image description
~ NZ coach Steve Hansen on Saturday's Test ~
image description  We still expect high balls and a tough physical battle through the forwards. Some things don't change.  image description
~ NZ assistant coach Ian Foster on SA's game plan ~
image description  People will be looking for a scapegoat and rightly or wrongly the responsibility for the performances rests with the coach  image description
~ Aussie press on the coaching future of Robbie Deans ~
image description   "We have shown that we can create, and now we are starting to finish. It's not that we went out there with a more attacking mindset. It was more about playing the situation.  image description
~ Jean de Villiers on the win over the Wallabies. ~
image description  It was a very difficult decision, but I have to look after the team's interests first and then the individual's. Morne really wanted to play, especially at Loftus, his home ground, but he is a true champion and he took my decision gracefully. He has won a lot of games for his country, just the last few have not gone well. But Morne's not someone you need to feel sorry for, he's a fighter and he will come back stronger.  image description
~ Heyneke Meyer on dropping Morne Steyn. ~
image description  I feel he is now ready to start a Test for South Africa and I'm excited to see what he can bring  image description
~ Heynke Meyer announcing that Johan Goosen will start against the Wallabies ~
image description  I will never blame an individual. If the team loses, it is always my fault, but I think we played the right game plan and put the All Blacks under pressure. Even they were surprised at how we kept them under pressure.  image description
~ Heyneke Meyer refuses to put the blame for the Boks' latest loss on Morne Steyn and insists they are playing the right game plan ~
image description  The weather didn’t play its part but no excuse for our discipline. Perhaps it was too much blood to the head, it just wasn’t good enough.  image description
~ Deon Fourie ~
image description  We're delighted Josh views Glasgow Warriors as a club where he can progress and achieve his ambitions, and we look forward to seeing him in a black and blue shirt in the very near future.  image description
~ Coach Gregor Townsend has hailed Strauss as a "terrific addition" to his squad ~
image description  I took the high ball, it twisted and I heard a few cracks  image description
~ Genia recalled after the 26-19 victory ~
image description  We have had success in the past so surely that must count for a little bit  image description
~ Jean de Villiers at a media briefing in Perth ~
image description  It’s a big challenge, playing six Tests against the best teams in the world in eight weeks and we now have to ensure we improve on how we played against England. It’s still early days for this team, but we are excited about what lies ahead in a brand-new competition that promises to be very testing.  image description
~ Heyneke Meyer ~
image description  The Springbok squad for the forthcoming Castle Rugby Championship will be named by SARU CEO Jurie Roux and Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer at a media conference in Worcester at 16:30 on Saturday.  image description
~ News in brief ~
image description  Looking at the upcoming final, analysis of the last six years of Super Rugby has found that the Chiefs’ home ground advantage is worth approximately two points, and that international travel is worth five points. Travelling three times means that the Sharks have a handicap that is probably about 15 points large.  image description
~ Sport scientist Ross Tucker says the Sharks face a 15-point handicap against the Chiefs. ~
image description  I will never stop fighting, whether it takes another four seasons we will get to that final and we are going to win the cup.  image description
~ Allister Coetzee. ~
image description  I’ve never seen players so cut up in a changing room. But that’s life’s lessons. You can give up or [fight back]. I’d still like to take the emotion out of it by saying we are one of three sides who have improved this season, and haven’t regressed - us, and the Chiefs and Sharks. For the Stormers to have made that step in a positive direction, I am still pleased with the season.  image description
~ Allister Coetzee. ~
image description  Former All Black coach Graham Henry reveals in his autobiography he suspected match-fixing after New Zealand's shock loss to France in the quarter-finals of the 2007 World Cup.   image description
~ News in brief ~
image description  It is going to take a while to get over this one. We can only blame ourselves. We had 80 minutes to prove that we are good enough and in the end we were short.  image description
~ Jean de Villiers. ~
image description  "I believe Peter Grant is our best player this year. He clinched games in our favour, and it was his penalty (from the corner in the dying minutes) which helped us beat the Sharks (15-12) earlier this year at Newlands."  image description
~ Jean de Villiers praises Peter Grant. ~
image description  I don’t want to get too emotionally attached to it, because it could be my last week here, but I’m just trying to turn all those emotions into motivation. I want to come in, do all my work and try and build like I haven’t done it before – try and tick all those boxes. And then hopefully run out there on Friday night fizzing and just do my role really well.  image description
~ Sonny Bill Williams on what could be his final Super Rugby match on Friday. ~
image description   “I don’t understand how that [TMO referred] try was inconclusive and if we got it, we were right back in the game. It’s very disappointing to end the season on a low note. We did sneak into the Qualifiers, but you have to work hard to get yourselves into this position and we did that. It was good to get into this position, but as champions, you can’t be content with getting this far in the season.”   image description
~ Will Genia blasts TMO Matt Goddard. ~
image description  Johann Sadie is reportedly heading for Bloemfontein to continue his career at the Cheetahs after having asked to be released from his contract at the Bulls.  image description
~ News in brief ~
image description  The story going around we've taken money to stay out of Super Rugby in 2013 is NOT TRUE ! We will be playing Super Rugby in 2013.   image description
~ The Southern Kings deny on Twitter that they accepted a R40m offer from SARU to postpone their inclusion in Super Rugby to 2016. ~
image description  We handled the pressure and took the win required to top the log. It’s tough to win this conference and to win the trophy twice in a row is something. Topping the log is a first for any Stormers team and I am proud of the boys.   image description
~ Allister Coetzee ~
image description  Whilst not happy with the performance today coach Allister Coetzee gave credit to his players and management team, “We handled the pressure and took the win required to top the log. It’s tough to win this conference and to win the trophy twice in a row is something. Topping the log is a first for any Stormers team and I am proud of the boys. We will enjoy tonight and then there is some hard work ahead over the next 2 weeks.” We handled the pressure and took the win required to top the log. It’s tough to win this conference and to win the trophy twice in a row is something. Topping the log is a first for any Stormers team and I am proud of the boys.   image description
~ Allister Coetzee ~
image description  If the siren sounds and the referee continues the match unnecessarily, then a rock hitting his head would be justified.   image description
~ Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi ~
image description  He’s a skilful player, and likes to be out first, so at eight he can be first out of the scrums and the same applies off lineouts. We have to try it now, before the play-offs start and (provided) we get there ... we still have to work for at least a point to get (a bye into a home semi-final). Deon also understands the engagement of the scrum, being a hooker. We’ll see how it goes - he has all the attributes to do the job for us. The proof of the pudding is in the eating this weekend.   image description
~ Allister Coetzee on the selection of Deon Fourie at No 8. ~
image description  Kenyan loose forward Daniel Adongo has been released from his contract at the Bulls after just six months with the franchise. The 23-year-old will continue his career at New Zealand province Counties Manakau.  image description
~ News in brief ~
image description  Controversial Wales centre Gavin Henson has signed for Premiership newcomers London Welsh after three months in the rugby wilderness. Hansen had been without a club since April after being sacked by Cardiff Blues over his drunken behaviour on a flight returning from a game in Glasgow.  image description
~ News in brief ~
image description  Bulls lock Flip van der Merwe is in a race against time to be fit for the final regular season clash with the Lions after he suffered a hip injury during the 32-10 defeat to the Sharks in Durban. Deon Stegmann on the other hand, will be available after being given an extra week to recover.  image description
~ News in brief ~
image description  SARU has delayed a decision that would have been made on who the five SA franchises would be for the 2013 Super Rugby season on request from the majority of the provincial unions. SARU did not say when the meeting would be rescheduled.  image description
~ News in brief ~
image description  Wallaby star Kurtley Beale will appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on July 24 for allegedly hitting a bouncer at the Victory Hotel the morning before the first Australia-Wales Test.  image description
~ News in brief ~
image description  There were two tries [both scored by Conrad Smith] that shouldn't have been allowed for a start. Those things, they hurt you and they kill you. To me that was not a try. If there was a TMO like rugby league, they wouldn't have allowed it. Even the second one [was dubious], when they had a guy in our defensive line as obstruction.   image description
~ Todd Blackadder lashes out at Bryce Lawrence after his team’s loss to the Hurricanes. ~
image description  Sonny Bill Williams is set to announce he has signed a one-season deal with Japanese club Panasonic Wild Knights and will then shift to the NRL - most likely with the Sydney Roosters - in early 2013.  image description
~ News in brief ~
image description  James O’Connor aggravated a hamstring injury in the Rebels’ loss to the Reds on Friday and looks set to miss the Melbourne side’s two-match South African tour.  image description
~ News in brief ~
image description  Rocky is still recovering from a shoulder injury and it's getting better all the time, but we probably won't see him this year unfortunately. He's signed to play in Japan and we wish him well.  image description
~ Waratahs coach Michael Foley says Rocky Elsom has signed for Japanese club Kobe Steel and has likely played his last match for the Waratahs due to injury. ~
image description  The rumours are false. There is definitely no such agreement with SARU. I think they are rumours that were started by people who want to sink the Kings. We should have played Super Rugby in 2011 already, but stood back with the best interests of South African rugby in mind. A decision has been made that we will play Super Rugby in 2013 and that is what we're striving for.   image description
~ Cheeky Watson says rumours that SARU has paid off the Kings to relinquish their place in Super Rugby 2013 are false. ~
image description  All Black and Crusaders duo Kieran Read (concussion) and Israel Dagg (ankle) are unlikely to be fit for the weekend’s Super Rugby encounter against the Hurricanes while Dan Carter (hamstring) will definitely miss the Christchurch clash.  image description
~ News in brief ~
image description  Richie McCaw has broken Wallaby great George Gregan's record for most Test wins. The All Blacks captain has won 94 of his 106 Tests.  image description
~ News in brief ~
image description  JP and Stefan will add physicality to our midfield, while JP's experience will be of huge value. They are both contracted for the Currie Cup competition.   image description
~ Griquas coach Pote Human confirms the signings of JP Nel and Stefan Watermeyer. ~
image description  They want to go home with at least one Test win and we don't want to give them that. We've got a lot to play for. We know the responsibility we have when we put on the Springbok jersey. We will be going out all guns blazing.  image description
~ Jean de Villiers on Saturday’s so-called dead-rubber Test in Port Elizabeth. ~
image description  All available seating at Newlands has been sold for Friday’s IRB Junior World Championship Final between South Africa and New Zealand Under-20. Computicket confirmed that 35 000 fans have bought tickets for the final. The previous IRB record for a JWC final was 22 000.   image description
~ News in brief ~
image description  Kabamba has to show he is fit and that his knee is 100% ready so that he can play in the Currie Cup. Then we'll talk about a contract.   image description
~ Naka Drotske on giving forgotten flank Kabamba Floors a chance to prove his fitness for the Currie Cup season. ~
image description  The third and final Test between South Africa and England in Port Elizabeth on Saturday will be broadcast live on SuperSport 1 and HD1 at 17:00, on SuperSport 4 at 18:45, and on e.tv at 22:00.   image description
~ News in brief ~
image description  It’s just as important as the first two Tests, we are not going to slow down now. I’m sure England will also be up for it, so we can’t afford to be complacent. Our goal has always been to beat them 3-0 if you think that the goal is to win every game.   image description
~ Francois Hougaard on Saturday’s so-called dead-rubber Test in Port Elizabeth. ~
image description  Australia wing Cooper Vuna has been cleared to play in the third Test against Wales on Saturday despite his dangerous tackle on Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny in the second Test.  image description
~ News in brief ~
image description  England wing George Lowe has been replaced by Gloucester centre Jonny May for the final week of their South African tour.  image description
~ News in brief ~
image description  England have been forced into making a late change for the second Test against the Springboks at Coca-Cola Park, with Thomas Waldrom replacing Phil Dowson on the bench.  image description
~ News in brief ~
image description  SuperSport have engaged with e.tv and have offered them the rights to broadcast the Bok Tests on a delayed basis. We are awaiting their response. SuperSport is happy to offer the rights to any free-to-air broadcaster.  image description
~ SuperSport Communications Manager Clinton van der Berg says the Springboks’ home Test matches could be broadcast on e.tv after the SABC said it would no longer be televising them 'delayed live'. ~
image description  It's disappointing to be leaving before the end, because when I signed my two-year contract with the Sharks, Super Rugby was supposed to be over by the end of June. It's a pity not to be involved in the last few matches and hopefully the guys get into the play-offs as well.  image description
~ Sharks lock Ross Skeate on his imminent move to French club Agen. ~
image description  He is a physical freak. He has such a low centre of gravity, he's got such strength and he's quick and he's smart. So he gets into good position and he claims good position. He's nigh impossible to move and he gets the benefit of that.  image description
~ Robbie Deans believes David Pocock is the best openside flank in history. ~
image description  We knew England were going to be very well prepared and they are a very physical side. There were a few nerves at the beginning, with a new captain and a few new players, but I was very happy with the performance. I said to the forwards at half time it wasn't good enough. I wanted us to up the tempo and there were a few harsh words. A lot of players knew they had to step up in the second half and they did.  image description
~ Heyneke Meyer after his first Test in charge. ~
image description  I took the decision based on form. Eben brings us something different and competes well in the lineouts. I wouldn't say he's the next Bakkies. I think he's going to surpass that standard. Eben could become a world class lock. He's physical, big and doesn't shy away from contact. I think he was the best lock in Super Rugby thus far and it's only fair that I pick him.  image description
~ Heyneke Meyer says Eben Etzebeth will surpass Bakkies Botha. ~
image description  I prefer Jean at outside centre due to the way we play. If you play direct rugby, your inside centre can get you over the advantage line. Then, when the ball goes wide, you'll have your best decision maker at outside centre. Frans Steyn is for me the best at inside centre because you then effectively have two flyhalves. Then we're also in a position to have good decision makers and tactical kickers at flyhalf and inside centre.   image description
~ Ricardo Loubscher feels Jean de Villiers is best suited at outside centre. ~
image description  The one thing we have decided as a group is that there are going to be no excuses whether we have enough time or not. Heyneke Meyer's main message to us for the next four years is that we want to become the best team in the world and we can't afford to see anything as an excuse.  image description
~ Bryan Habana says there will be no excuses about the lack of preparation before the series against England. ~
image description  Three of our locks haven’t played a Test. But I’m confident in the ability of [forwards coach] Johann van Graan. Juandre has also taken a lot of leadership responsibility at the Bulls. The lineout session today [Monday] went very well. It’s not the ideal situation but I believe we’ll be fine there.  image description
~ Heyneke Meyer says the inexperience in the second row won't hamper the Springboks. ~
image description  Local rugby writer Mark Keohane has resigned as spokesperson for South Africa's Olympic team while also stepping down as director of publishing company, Highbury Safika Media after allegations of drug abuse and sexual harassment. Former female employees of Keohane claim he suffers from a "miserable cocaine addiction", visits prostitutes and also sexually harasses women.  image description
~ Rapport ~
image description  I think Jean is still laying in bed, but he should be alright. We will see him for the first time when we go to the airport on Saturday morning.  image description
~ Robbie Fleck is hopeful that Jean de Villiers will recover from flu before Saturday's big clash at Loftus. ~
image description  Loose forwards are a big issue. I don't rate Spies as a defender, he is poor on defence and his close ball skills at the back of the scrum are also poor. He is only good against weak teams. A flat-track bully who will run in three tries. We are missing out on someone who is good from the base of the scrum.  image description
~ Nick Mallett gives his views on Pierre Spies. ~
image description  Frans Steyn will be ineligible to play for the Sharks in the Super Rugby play-offs should the franchise progress that far as Super Rugby rules state that teams are only allowed to register 35 players at the start of a season and that players signed later in the season due to injury, must have been registered before April 1 and have played in four games to be eligible to participate in the play-offs.   image description
~ News in brief ~
image description  I believe in two types of rugby; winning rugby and losing rugby, there is nothing in between for me. I've always said attack puts bums on seats but defence wins games. I'll rather take an ugly win than lose a game playing great rugby.   image description
~ Heyneke Meyer says he won’t mind winning ugly. ~
image description  I am touched by our loyal supporters who have booked their seat to watch their beloved team. We will be playing in our alternative match kit in an effort to support the Cancer Association of South Africa. I would like to challenge our Bulls family as well as other rugby lovers to get behind our Get Your Pink On campaign and wear pink on Saturday. We have an SMS donation line open as well as a website and I urge everyone to please make a donation - no matter how small.   image description
~ Blue Bulls Company CEO Barend van Graan on Saturday’s sold out north/south derby at Loftus. ~
image description  It is very difficult working for people you don't trust. This lack of trust, as well as the feeling that I never really had their support, was to direct a lot of my decision-making and behaviour over the next four years. It was also one of the major reasons for making the senior players my sole support group later on.  image description
~ Peter de Villiers, in his autobiography: Politically Incorrect. ~
image description  We'll put faith in the young men in the Western Province. The Vodacom Cup team did brilliantly. It's only for the next two matches - against the Sharks and Bulls - where we'll struggle with depth.  image description
~ Allister Coetzee says they won’t continue their search for further loose forward reinforcements. ~
image description  The Kings will play in the competition in 2013, but not at the expense of one of the other franchises.  image description
~ Jurie Roux ~
image description  The Crusaders are making a strong bid to lure All Blacks centre Ma'a Nonu to Christchurch for the 2013 Super Rugby season.  image description
~ Media report ~
image description  Bismarck, at the end of John's career became a better rugby player, but John became the best person to have around the team because he inspired players who wanted an environment of trust and integrity to perform at their best. When I look back at it, we were so blessed with two great hookers and we used their abilities to suit the team and it made the team better in the end.  image description
~ Peter de Villiers explains why he chose John Smit ahead of Bismarck du Plessis. ~
image description  I think more players should be made available than the 35 allowed, especially if you take into consideration that there's a Test break in between as well. We don't know in what condition the players will return if they were picked by the Boks. I believe teams should be allowed to register 40 or 45 players.   image description
~ Allister Coetzee calls for a change to SANZAR regulations. ~
image description  At some point he probably may have to play there [No.12], but that will be more because of what our bench looks like rather than where we want to play him. If he starts for the All Blacks, it'll be at 10 in the June series.   image description
~ Steve Hansen confirms Dan Carter as his first-choice flyhalf. ~
image description  It is a great pleasure to announce that we are getting Peter [de Villiers] back into rugby to help us with development projects of the sport. We want him to develop the best model for grassroots rugby in the country. We are engaging him. The man has a wealth of knowledge that we need to tap into. Peter has done well for the country, including winning big events with the junior national teams.  image description
~ Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula. ~
image description  Stormers loose forward Nizaam Carr is likely to be sidelined for a lengthy period after suffering a knee injury during Saturday’s win over the Cheetahs at Newlands.  image description
~ Stormers ~
image description  Peter is too important for us to be on honeymoon now. The rugby he's currently playing is the best I've ever seen from him. He gets the ball over the advantage line, gets our centres into the game and kicks exceptionally well.  image description
~ Robbie Fleck says recently married Peter Grant's honeymoon has to take a backseat at present. ~
image description  We are very calm about our Super franchise. We serve the whole central region (Griquas, Free State and Northern Free State/Griffons) and just need to keep on winning. We saw in the past that it is practically and logistically very tough [to form the Cats franchise].   image description
~ Cheetahs CEO Harold Verster is sceptical about revering to the Cats for Super Rugby 2013. ~
image description  The plan with Francois Louw is unfortunately off. For now we'll have to make do with what we've got. Western Province made the semi-finals of the Vodacom Cup so it's good to be able to use players from there. However, it does not mean that I can't look elsewhere for a player. We need someone with experience.  image description
~ Allister Coetzee is continuing his hunt for an experienced loose forward. ~
image description  Bulls centre Wynand Olivier is struggling with a rib injury and looks set to miss Friday’s Vodacom Super Rugby Round 12 clash against the Waratahs. Francois Venter or Johann Sadie is likely to replace him for the Sydney showdown.  image description
~ Bulls ~
image description  Springbok flanker Schalk Burger will miss the three-Test series against England as he continues to recover from a knee injury.   image description
~ Stormers statement. ~
image description  The Stormers are looking to regain the services of Springbok and Bath flanker Francois Louw.   image description
~ Die Burger ~
image description  It’s not an easy decision to make ... and hopefully SARU will take into account our injury crisis this year and how it has derailed our campaign. The players are also playing under considerable stress and many are possibly self-preserving at this stage, looking after themselves, not knowing where they might be this time next year. They have families and partners and I feel for SARU to have made the decision they have and to delay finalising what’s actually going to happen is ludicrous. The players have been hung out to dry.  image description
~ John Mitchell on the possibility of the Lions being relegated from Super Rugby. ~
image description  "Panasonic is interested in getting Sonny Bill Williams and has made an offer to him. We will offer two years and we will offer the best offer of the company because he is the best player. It will be the top offer by our company."   image description
~ Panasonic Wild Knights general manager Hitoshi Iijima says his club has offered Sonny Bill Williams the most lucrative offer in the club’s history. ~
image description  It's too early to consider a change to a format that's currently successful. There's also not enough time to consider a change in the format for next year. It’s a big discussion to have when the new structure is only 18 months old. It is fine for one team to replace another and that's what we expect will happen because only five South African teams can play.  image description
~ SANZAR CEO Greg Peters says South Africa can forget about a sixth Super Rugby team. ~
image description  Heinrich hasn't been as influential at home as he was on our tour, but he has been carrying an injury that will have affected him. This week he is back and looking good at training, so I'm expecting a big performance from him.  image description
~ Hawies Fourie on Heinrich Brussow ahead of the Highlanders clash on Saturday. ~
image description  It’s not the way we would have chosen the game to go, scoring five tries to two and losing is disappointing. To stay with the Bulls for the entire game was fantastic it’s just a shame we gave them so many chances to stay in front. You can’t give someone like Morne Steyn 11 chances at the poles in Pretoria and expect to win. We will regroup now and focus on the Lions. It will be another tough week but we are focussed on returning to Australia with a win on the road and that starts at Coca-Cola Stadium this Friday night.  image description
~ Jake White ~
image description  We are looking at Gio Aplon's situation. It appears to be cramps that developed into a muscle spasm, rather than a [hamstring] tear. We are hopeful that it was severe cramping.   image description
~ Allister Coetzee on Gio Aplon. ~
image description  Cheetahs flyhalf Johan Goosen has extended his contract with the Bloemfontein side until the end of the 2014 season.  image description
~ Volksblad ~
image description  Rassie already started doing some work for me behind the scenes and for the first time we have statistics on all the players. He will sit with me on the one-on-ones and we will be able to discuss with every player where they stand in relation to the national team.   image description
~ Heyneke Meyer says a new unified structure will see him and Rassie Erasmus evaluate every detail of a select group of players’ games. ~
image description  Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer wants to lure Victor Matfield out of retirement to captain the Boks in the three-Test series against England in June. Fourie du Preez is believed to be next in line for the captaincy.  image description
~ Rapport ~
image description  SARU and the Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd have reached an agreement which allows SARU to negotiate with four coaches (Van Graan, Carzils, McFarland, Loubscher) employed by the Blue Bulls.  image description
~ SARU ~
image description  At the end of the day, all we have to do is continue to progress as an inexperienced Super Rugby side, so that is the only thing we can control. I don’t get involved in that stuff and it is certainly not part of our motivation, and as far I as am concerned it is negative motivation if you want to get into survival mode. I have never had that philosophy and I never will; this side will continue to be ambitious and will look to grow.  image description
~ John Mitchell on the danger of the Lions being relegated from Super Rugby. ~
image description  If we thought they [players] were making them on a vexatious basis then we would certainly be asking some questions, but in the heat of the battle it's hard for a player to always know exactly what's happened and that's the purpose of the white card.   image description
~ Greg Peters, in response to whether it is too easy for players to make allegations of foul play. ~
image description  Personally, I'm bemused. If the allegations made are shown to be false then I expect an apology because they're pretty serious allegations. Otherwise anyone can make allegations and we'll have white cards all over the place. I'm not sure the system is designed for that.  image description
~ Todd Blackadder says he is perplexed by the Bulls’ allegations of eye-gouging. ~
image description  The Bulls have asked SARU for a R1 million transfer fee each for forwards coach Johan van Graan and fitness guru Basil Carzils, and R250 000 each for defence coach John McFarland and backline coach Ricardo Loubscher.  image description
~ SuperSport ~
image description  Like Heyneke Meyer said when he became Bok coach: You get winning rugby and losing rugby. We want to play winning rugby. We were very good on attack, but didn't finish off well. However, it's good to create opportunities against a good team like the Bulls. We just have to become more clinical and finish off.  image description
~ Allister Coetzee is unconcerned about the Stormers' inability to score four-try bonus points. ~
image description  My guys have got that never say die attitude and so it's a great honour for me to lead them and it's a great place to start building from when we get back home. It's very important to us to win on the road. We've got a lot of loyal supporters and this one goes out to them.  image description
~ Adriaan Strauss on the Cheetahs’ historic win in Wellington. ~
image description  When you play the game you play for something you stand for, you play for your teammates. What matters is not the colour of the jersey that you wear in a specific match, but what that jersey represents. It really doesn’t matter what you’ve got on. We have immense respect for the Bulls and we know what is coming at us on Saturday, regardless of what they will be wearing.  image description
~ Jean de Villiers says the Bulls' pink away strip is irrelevant in the build-up to Saturday's clash.. ~
image description  I have no idea where that has come from. Toddy told us the other day and we just had to laugh. It was the first I had heard about it."   image description
~ Dan Carter laughs off reports linking him and Richie McCaw to a move to Italy. ~
image description  I hope to get the green light to be able to play again and I'm hopeful that my talks with the Blue Bulls will be positive so I can continue my career at Loftus Versfeld.  image description
~ Derick Hougaard is back in South Africa for good and keen to return to the Bulls. ~
image description  I don't know what I am going to do yet, return or stay at Racing. But the Sharks and Racing Metro have been talking to me. I will give an answer within the next week ... will let you know.  image description
~ Frans Steyn - on Twitter - says he’ll make a decision on his future within the next week. ~
image description  The only way Sonny Bill would come back to the NRL was if he got a promise that he would be getting the most money of anyone in the game. That was one of a host of conditions he set down. It was about at that stage that we lost interest."  image description
~ An un-named NRL coach relays a statement from Sonny Bill Williams's agent Khoder Nasser. ~
image description  I think you'd expect Daniel to be in the 22. Whether he starts, we still have to make a decision but we are just really pleased that we are going to be able to include him. He's 100 percent except for his goal kicking but he just needs to do a little bit more work.  image description
~ Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder says a fit-again Dan Carter will likely start on the bench against the Cheetahs this weekend. ~
image description  Frans is eager to play for the Boks - and with Heyneke Meyer having already contacted him and informed him about what is expected of him in order to be picked for the Boks in future - he is willing to earn less money in the process.  image description
~ Frans Steyn's agent Gerrie Swart says his client is seriously considering a return to South Africa. ~
image description  The City of Cape Town and the WPRFU have agreed to enter 'formal exploratory talks' about WP moving from Newlands to Cape Town Stadium.  image description
~ Patricia de Lille ~
image description  I picked up the bottle, called his name, and as he looked around, I passed him his water. This is when it hit the Blues captain. I can understand why they reacted that way but I was not there to make trouble.  image description
~ Bulls fan Johannes Nel plays down last Saturday's bottling incident. ~
image description  There were some dubious officials tonight, so we’re going to have to report the TMO on the evidence that we have. That’s something we’ll have to deal with upstairs. They won’t change the result, but clearly [the officials] need to be accountable at this level.   image description
~ John Mitchell hits out at officials. ~
image description  Former Springbok wing Ricardo Loubscher is the new favourite to become Springbok backline coach.  image description
~ SuperSport ~
image description  She's tough, rugged rugby and one thing about it, too, a lot of pressure produces fine players. Everyone can see how you can handle pressure. It's certainly not easy. It wouldn't get any tougher than our conference.  image description
~ Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder believes the New Zealand conference is the strongest. ~
image description  Whether you regard it as a case of getting out of jail or not, it’s a fantastic win for us. We’ve always known the Sharks are quality, and they certainly pitched tonight. They threw the kitchen sink. We were taken to a dark place at times, but responded, and that’s the (important thing). Two or three years ago this was the type of match where I reckon we would have ended up losing.  image description
~ Allister Coetzee ~
image description  They [the Hurricanes] scored off our mistakes. That is something that shouldn’t have happened, so we will look back at it and fix what we did wrong. I think we had a better second-half performance and showed some character but we let ourselves down.  image description
~ Josh Strauss ~
image description  We have to make sure we are accurate at set piece and then we can build some pressure. Defences are pretty much all the same, some are a little bit better than others, but at the end of the day, if we get quick ball from rucks, with the backs that we’ve got, we know we can do some damage.  image description
~ John Plumtree ~
image description  Tendai Mtawarira is being treated in a Cape Town hospital for a heart condition that the Sharks' doctor says is 'not so serious'  image description
~ Cape Times ~
image description  We're playing way too often against the other top South African teams. It wears the players down to play against each other so often. For SANZAR it's obviously fantastic because it boosts revenue. Just look at the crowd that was here tonight. You'll never achieve that with the derby games in Australia and New Zealand. The standard of their derbies isn't nearly as intense as ours here in South Africa.  image description
~ John Plumtree believes there are too many local derbies in Super Rugby. ~
image description  It's definitely a big loss for us to lose our captain - also because of the way he plays for this team. But we believe that to fare well in this competition you need 35 to 40 players who can do the job for you. We believe we've got that and hopefully the player who replaces him can grab the opportunity and do the job for us.  image description
~ Jean de Villiers on Schalk Burger's injury. ~
image description  You’ve got a lot of players in Super Rugby this year that have a point to prove, I think. It looks like that down in Cape Town, it looks like that down in Pretoria and obviously we’ve got some here as well. So there’s a change if you like, a new page in South African rugby in a lot of ways.  image description
~ John Plumtree on the new era in South African rugby. ~
image description  Everything has changed since I came to the Bulls 13 weeks ago. I'm stronger, fitter, and mentally tougher and I'm burning to put all the last few months' hard work into action. I don't really want to make comparisons [to the Stormers] but what I can say is that I never realised what my body and mind were capable of before I joined the Bulls. I didn't realise one could be pushed so far  image description
~ Johann Sadie ~
image description  Duane Vermeulen was a good acquisition for the pack, but WP has never contracted a world class prop. I don't think they'll be able to launch attacks from their scrums this year. However, it (their scrum) shouldn’t disintegrate if I take into account the way the referees are currently applying the laws.  image description
~ Robbie Kempson feels the Stormers' front row doesn't instil enough fear into opponents. ~
image description  The foot is really good. I've just started back running. I'll progress over the next few weeks to hopefully get back out on the field soon, but hopefully it's all behind me. By March, I should be pretty close to knowing when I'll be back, but I'd say some time in April. But I don't want to put too tight a time frame on it.  image description
~ Richie McCaw expects to return to action in April. ~
image description  SA's five existing franchises have threatened to pull out of Super Rugby in 2013 if six SA teams are not accommodated.  image description
~ Rapport ~
image description  The Bulls’ Barberton daisy and light blue colours could be replaced with a more representative emblem and the colours white, black, yellow and green when the Tshwane Sports Council officially become the governing body of sport in the Tshwane region on March 31.  image description
~ Beeld ~
image description  I really believe he has more to give at international level. He’s only 29 and we could see him playing some of his best rugby over the next few years. He’s also in the best condition he’s been in for a long time, and I’ve noticed the difference that’s had on his performance.  image description
~ Eddie Jones on his Suntory star Fourie du Preez ~
image description  We want to start something new. We realise it was the end of an era but we're keen to start building another one. Everyone's energy is positive and we are keen to get going.  image description
~ Pierre Spies ~
image description  Last week we got three yellow cards at the breakdown and tonight certain okes got away with murder, and maybe they could have been penalised for slowing our ball down, being offside or not rolling away on purpose. I know that when Super Rugby starts the refs are going to be much harsher at the breakdown.  image description
~ Allister Coetzee on officiating of the breakdown. ~
image description  We are very dangerous when we have our backs to the wall like we were against Ireland but we are also very dangerous when we are confident. There is a lot of improvement to come in our game. What I tell the guys is be accurate, do the simple things well. If we do that then I think we will do really well in this championship.  image description
~ Warren Gatland ~
image description  The Stormers are a very experienced group, but the same principle which applies to me, applies to them as well: No matter how much experience you've got, you have to keep on growing. The transition from good to exceptionally good won't be measured by how much kilograms you can push, but by good decision making on the field. You don't want to wonder after the match about what could have been.  image description
~ Jonathan Kaplan offers some advice to the Stormers ~
image description  I wanted to come back to South Africa, especially for my family's sake. I have two little kids and want to raise them here amongst their family. The chance to slot in at the Bulls thus comes at an ideal time for me. It is also a chance to get back into South African rugby.  image description
~ Rayno Gerber on his return to the Bulls. ~
image description  I'm not an administrator that decides over these things. As coach I am however totally in favour of the Springboks playing in it (the Currie Cup). Their participation will naturally be limited with the new composition of the national Test roster because it will clash with Tests in the Four Nations (Rugby Championship), but I won't keep players out of the series on purpose.  image description
~ Heyneke Meyer says he won't prevent his players from playing in the Currie Cup. ~
image description  I'm not going to appoint a long-term captain immediately. I want to pick a short-term captain, get to know the players and then make an informed decision.  image description
~ Heyneke Meyer ~
image description  There are two kinds of rugby - winning rugby and losing rugby. I prefer the first.  image description
~ Newly appointed Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer ~
image description  The Southern Kings will play Super Rugby in 2013.  image description
~ Jurie Roux ~
image description  The Lions are bankrupt and Coca-Cola Park is more than R70-million in the red.  image description
~ The New Age ~
image description  I can’t comment on something that isn’t possible and which hasn’t been discussed with me. It is speculation and people’s opinions. My focus can only be here. The Sevens is why SARU appointed me.   image description
~ Paul Treu says he hasn't been approached about joining the Springbok management team. ~
image description  Hey tweeps.. Thanx for all the concerns.. Gio was involved in an accident this morning but luckily there were no serious injuries.  image description
~ Bryan Habana tweets that Gio Aplon escaped injury after being involved in a car accident on Wednesday. ~
image description  Heyneke Meyer is set to become the new Bok coach having met with Saru CEO Jurie Roux on Saturday to finalise his contract.  image description
~ Rapport ~
image description  I know I didn't referee as well as I should have. I took a plan of not being overly technical into that game and possibly that was not the right plan.  image description
~ Bryce Lawrence on his performance in last year's World Cup quarter-final. ~
image description  The schedule influences the performance of a team - more travel and less rest makes it difficult. We know it's an issue and we have more tools in our armoury to make it fairer this time.   image description
~ IRB CEO Mike Miller promises a fairer schedule for the smaller countries at the 2015 World Cup. ~
image description  Allister Coetzee is focusing on the Stormers. [I am] definitely not involved or in the run in for the Bok job ... and I'm sure whoever gets the job would be a good candidate.  image description
~ Allister Coetzee rules himself out of the running for the Springbok coaching position. ~
image description  I want to be the best scrumhalf in world rugby. To get there I will have to at the very least meet the standard Fourie [du Preez] set. But the game will evolve to a level that will probably require me to go past that standard. It’s a big challenge but I wouldn’t be able to settle for a mediocre goal.  image description
~ Francois Hougaard ~
image description  One day, if I'm good enough, I'd really like to coach the Boks. But a Bok coach mustn't be too young. At around 50 you have the experience to manage the people and handle the politics around the game.  image description
~ Rassie Erasmus on the Springbok coaching job ~
image description  We're taking 30 guys to Cape Town. They obviously all have to be fit to play. We'll leave the injured one's at home.  image description
~ Naka Drotske says he'll pick two teams for the Neo Africa Tri-Series ~
image description  Hougie wants to make his mark at scrumhalf this year and we gave him the assurance that he will get enough chances there.  image description
~ Frans Ludeke confirms that Francois Hougaard will primarily at scrumhalf this year ~
image description  He has the most experience and is the one who commands the most respect among the Boks.  image description
~ John Smit backs Schalk Burger to take over the captaincy of the Springboks ~
image description  There are a number of new opportunities that have surfaced at a higher level. Each is an exciting and massive new challenge and that is a big attraction to me at this stage of my career.  image description
~ Rassie Erasmus ~
image description  People are wrong about me. I do not eat children.  image description
~ Bakkies Botha ~
image description  I do understand the need for England players to be role models in the game and have tried to live up to that at all times, but have made a couple of stupid decisions in the past weeks. I can only hope for the chance in the future to prove those decisions were the exception not the rule. I am devastated because my actions have let so many people down.  image description
~ Danny Care ~
image description  I feel very honoured, very humbled in getting this award. Obviously winning the Rugby World Cup put the icing on the cake. I don't think I'd be standing here today if we hadn't done that.  image description
~ Sir Graham Henry ~
image description  It is essential that the Ireland team is given every opportunity to remain competitive at international level and to do that, it requires Irish-qualified players to gain continuous experience at club and provincial level.  image description
~ Philip Browne, IRFU Chief Executive ~
image description  My biggest fear would be devaluing what I have achieved and devaluing the jersey. You have to stop at some point and this is the right time for me.  image description
~ Chris Paterson ~
image description  Im heart broken for Dewet Barry & his wife who lost their 2 year old son this morning to a lung infection.God bless them in this time.  image description
~ John Smit tweets his condolences to former Springbok teammate De Wet Barry and his wife Marcelle ~
image description  "I have huge pride in New Zealand rugby and I'm passionate about the All Blacks and New Zealand. I feel humbled and proud to be given the opportunity to lead the team into its next phase. My aim will be to leave the team in a better shape than how I found it and to enhance its legacy.  image description
~ Steve Hansen ~
image description  We believe Zac brought the game into disrepute and the sanctions reflect the gravity of the situation and the need for a real pathway to recovery.   image description
~ Neil Sorensen, NZRU professional rugby manager ~
image description  Jonny redefined the standards for rugby players in his extraordinary international playing career. His capacity for hard work, continual improvement and dedication has left a lasting legacy by which future players will be judged.  image description
~ Damian Hopley, Rugby Players' Association chief executive ~
image description  I've always said I would do whatever's right for whatever team I'm in, but I do think my best position is seven. I can play the other ones and if I have to do that, I have to do that. That's why I want to carry on playing, because I still think I can offer something. When I stop doing that, or stop enjoying it, I'll start doing something else.  image description
~ Richie McCaw ~
image description  Finals are about taking opportunities and they took theirs and we missed ours. Hopefully we have learned valuable lessons such as we should have kept the ball in hand when there was only a minute or a minute and 15 to go. But it’s experiences like this that the players will learn from.  image description
~ Paul Treu ~
image description  The French are worse when they are scared ... They were as bad as they have been and were going for the eyes. My eye was a bit sore for a while and I was struggling to see for a bit. I was surprised they didn't cite him [Aurelien Rougerie].  image description
~ Richie McCaw on the ill-tempered World Cup final ~
image description  I am very keen to get stuck in at SuperSport and will give it a full go, but it is no secret that I want to become involved in coaching too. This will afford me the opportunity to do both, something that I am very pleased about.  image description
~ Victor Matfield ~
image description  It was a fantastic occasion for me personally and I feel privileged. There's no better place to play than the Millennium Stadium and, because of the fans, I was balling my eyes out.   image description
~ Shane Williams ~
image description  It was disappointing for us that we did not play to our full potential. We gained some valuable points which allowed us to stay in touch with the front group on the log and we will now regroup and focus our efforts on doing well in our home tournament next week in Nelson Mandela Bay.  image description
~ Paul Treu ~
image description  Ever since I was a little boy, I wanted to play for the Boks, but at the moment I am not focusing on that, I just want to settle in and make a difference here [at the Waratahs], and then we will see.  image description
~ Sarel Pretorius ~
image description  Timo (Timothy) still has a long way to go but one can never be too young. We will give him an opportunity in the pre-season friendlies to show what he is capable of. We did the same with a youngster like prop Steven Kitshoff last year and he came through.  image description
~ Allister Coetzee confirms SA Schools flyhalf Timothy Swiel is training with the Stormers ~
image description  The Barbarians have two out of three now in the last three years against the southern hemisphere teams so why shoot them down after one bad game?  image description
~ Victor Matfield ~
image description  We are disappointed that we could not protect our ball much better against Fiji, who was clearly the best side on day two. However, there were many positives over the two days for us.  image description
~ Paul Treu ~
image description  "He's a legend in the game - 110 tests for South Africa, four caps for the Barbarians. He is a wonderful player and you can see why when you get up close."   image description
~ Steve Hansen ~
image description  I strongly recommend the UAR (Argentine Rugby Union) hold two games in Buenos Aires and one outside.  image description
~ SANZAR CEO Greg Peters ~
image description  Jake will bring maturity and pragmatism to a young squad that will take 2-3 years to develop. He will bring the physical intensity of the Boks and try to rediscover the Brumbies' attacking game.  image description
~ Eddie Jones ~
image description  I have a new dream and that is to coach the Springboks someday.  image description
~ Victor Matfield ~
image description  We have lost some great players due to retirements and overseas contracts, but I am excited about the change of guard within the squad. We had a proud history in Super Rugby in recent times and will work very hard to emulate that.  image description
~ Frans Ludeke ~
image description  I'm not going to go over there [to South Africa] if there's any personal threat or I have concerns about my safety.  image description
~ Bryce Lawrence ~
image description  The WPRFU Executive Committee unanimously agreed that Newlands is currently the home of rugby in the Western Province, and will be treated as such for the foreseeable future. The Western Province Rugby Football Union embraces such a historic match which will form part of the busy 2012 Super Rugby and Test Match schedule at Newlands Stadium.  image description
~ WPRFU ~
image description  Solly was a trailblazer among black African Springboks and if the reports are correct, to lose him so suddenly and in this brutal manner is very distressing. The casual disregard for life in our society is shocking.  image description
~ Oregan Hoskins ~
image description  To my mind, and I am not necessary speaking on behalf of Saracens, because it is not our issue, but provincial and international competitions between South Africa, France and England must at some point be taken very seriously.  image description
~ Saracens Group Chief Executive Edward Griffiths ~
image description  We can't stop the evolution of the game, but we should at least try to preserve the essence of rugby. Nowadays it's a war of muscles.  image description
~ Hugo Porta ~
image description  The IRB, with our help, changed the regulations relating to the availability, so opened the window such that the clubs had to release the [Argentine] players to play in the Rugby Championship.  image description
~ John O’Neill ~
image description  Last year we made the Super Rugby final and this season we topped the South African Conference. What does this say about the rest of South Africa if our tight five is not good enough?   image description
~ Rassie Erasmus on the Stormers' supposed weak tight five ~
image description  Not winning the World Cup makes me feel like there is unfinished business, that the story isn’t finished. So if they call for applications for the Springbok job I will definitely apply for it. Why not? I have enjoyed doing the job and it was a privilege for me to serve my country. If I apply and my application is not accepted that is fine, I will accept what is good for South African rugby and move on. The next coach will have my full support.  image description
~ Peter de Villiers ~
image description  We've banned the tan. It's real tan only. And you are only allowed to wear coloured boots if you've played over 50 times for the Ospreys or over 15 times for your country.  image description
~ Sean Holley, Ospreys coach ~
image description  These five [2012 NZ] Super Rugby teams are the strongest and most exciting we have ever seen straight off the back of a Rugby World Cup year. It’s reassuring that while some of our senior players are taking the next phase of their rugby careers offshore - the depth of talent available to Super Rugby selectors this year has been impressive.  image description
~ Neil Sorensen ~
image description  It’s been an enormous privilege to coach the All Blacks and I am exceptionally proud of how the team has added to the All Blacks legacy over the last eight years.  image description
~ Graham Henry ~
image description  We were just outplayed by a better side. It's been a long season and there's some wear and tear after a lot of rugby. But I don't want to use anything as an excuse, I don't want to take anything away from the Lions, they deserve the trophy.   image description
~ John Plumtree ~
image description  He made an ordinary bunch of guys into stars.  image description
~ Doppies la Grange pays tribute to John Mitchell ~
image description  This week we aren’t friends. There is definitely no love lost between us. We are both trying to rub each other’s noses in the dirt. There will definitely not be any friendly phone calls between us.  image description
~ John Plumtree on his friendship with John Mitchell ahead of Saturday's Absa Currie Cup final ~
image description  You can see that the guys are in the right mindset to keep the cup. The Currie Cup is ours and we will not easily let go of it. I realise that the Lions will come at us with a tremendous onslaught. They see this as their big chance and are eager for success. It is something they do not know and want to savour it.  image description
~ John Plumtree ~
image description  I am not interested in getting directly involved with the coaching of the Boks, but rather help them on a technical basis once more in 2015.  image description
~ Rassie Erasmus ~
image description  If you just arrive on the spot you don't understand how big these games get at Rugby World Cups, and I think we've worked hard at it over the last four years, knew what we were in for and managed to achieve what we were after.  image description
~ Richie McCaw ~
image description  I'm absolutely shagged...we had to dig as deep as we have ever dug before...[but] we got there in the end.  image description
~ Richie McCaw ~
image description  Nothing is written yet ... they're not world champions. I don't feel like a future loser, or someone who has no chance of winning. We're still in the final, and despite how we've played so far, it's Sunday that counts.  image description
~ Vincent Clerc ~
image description  He [Nathan Sharpe] and Victor Matfield have probably been the best two lineout exponents in the last decade and it's a rivalry that's long standing.   image description
~ Robbie Deans ~
image description  This World Cup was lost by SA Rugby with the decisions they made four years ago. And as I sit back with a whiskey and soda highball and raise a silent toast to all Springbok coaches, I have to ask myself one prickly question: Why is it the coaches always take the flak? Some things do change, but the more they change, the more they stay the same.  image description
~ Jake White ~
image description  Graham Henry and the players would never admit it, but the All Blacks already have one hand and four fingers on the World Cup.  image description
~ Dominion Post ~
image description  I told them what I thought of them. That they're a bunch of undisciplined, spoiled brats, disobedient, sometimes selfish, always complaining, always whining, and they've been (frustrating me) for four years.  image description
~ Marc Lievremont on his players ~
image description  He [Warburton] is not a dirty player. Why spoil a World Cup semi-final by giving a red card? I'm absolutely gutted by it. We were down to 14 men against a world-class opposition and still had a chance to win, it just shows what sort of character our players have got. I'm really proud of the boys.  image description
~ Warren Gatland ~
image description  No, I won't apply.  image description
~ John Mitchell rules himself out of contention as the next Springbok coach ~
image description  You can place some blame on the ref, but the Bok attack was ineffective. They had all that ball but couldn't score a try. They weren't sharp enough to finish, in terms of their passing and support lines. They had no motion on the ball, no linkage between 9 & 10, and had too many one-off runners. Morne Steyn tried to be flatter, but not enough was happening.  image description
~ Eddie Jones ~
image description  I will not turn my back on South Africa but for at least the next four years I am 100 percent committed to leading the Brumbies and returning Super Rugby success to the people of Canberra.  image description
~ Jake White ~
image description  Bryce [Lawrence] is not difficult to communicate with, he just doesn't seem to listen very well. The one positive is that I won't ever have to be reffed by him again.  image description
~ John Smit ~
image description  Last week (Cruden) was skateboarding around Palmerston North, having a couple of beers and watching us play - now he's the No. 1 10 in the country.  image description
~ Graham Henry ~
image description  It was a brilliant journey. There's a time to come and a time to go and I think the journey for me is over.  image description
~ Peter de Villiers ~
image description  We didn't want to go out like this. We wanted to show how we can play rugby. I think we did it well. It was a great start for us and we are going to enjoy this victory. Now we need to keep it up and focus on the next game.  image description
~ Thierry Dusautoir ~
image description  The Springbok-Australia game, well I hope they knock 25 bells out of each other, that would be great and they all come off buggered. They're two very good sides and there will be some great rugby over the weekend.  image description
~ Graham Henry ~
image description  I’ll be sitting at home with my family on Sunday with a tear on my cheek as the team takes on the Wallabies.  image description
~ Bakkies Botha ~
image description  If we win on Sunday it will probably be down to experience and if we lose it will probably be down to our age.  image description
~ Schalk Burger ~
image description  Experience will come to the fore when it comes to these play-off games in the next three weeks. We will see which teams can use the individual experiences of playing in play-off rugby to the best of their ability.  image description
~ John Smit ~
image description  Australia won't be easy, but they will be easier [than Samoa].  image description
~ Peter de Villiers ~
image description  I am bitterly disappointed. I don’t know how the injury happened – it was at a ruck when I was cleaning someone out late in the game.   image description
~ Frans Steyn ~
image description  I can understand the hate!! Haha good luck u racist biased prick.  image description
~ Samoa's Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu's Twitter comment on referee Nigel Owens ~
image description  We are very hard on our discipline and I'm very proud of the boys that they kept their heads and stayed out of all that [off-the-ball] crap.  image description
~ Victor Matfield ~
image description  We expect you to be firing from all cylinders in the game against Samoa this Friday. Treat this game and the remaining games as the final and continue launching the final assault on the enemy as true warriors.  image description
~ SA Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula ~
image description  I am not sure if I am a centre or a fullback. I see I am listed everywhere as a utility back, so I guess that is what I am, whatever it means.  image description
~ Frans Steyn ~
image description  Competition for places in a team is always a good thing in my mind as it brings out the best in the players. We know where we stand with coach Peter and for us it's not about individual glory, but rather team performance.  image description
~ Jean de Villiers on Frans Steyn's form ~
image description  John had a tough time now and he is like [the] Duracell [bunny] at the moment - he just keeps on going. Not that he squeals, but I have to manage him too.  image description
~ Peter de Villiers on managing John Smit ~
image description  Any guy that has played a 100 Tests as an openside flank has something special about him simply because of the physical torture you endure.  image description
~ Schalk Burger on Richie McCaw ~
image description  ‘We started too loose, but credit to John [Smit] for getting the guys together. It was a brilliant game, it was loose in the beginning but we did well to come back."   image description
~ Peter de Villiers on the African derby ~
image description  “Bismarck is the stronger ball-carrier and defender but you also have to bear in mind that John will achieve more in the scrums and in the lineouts in the first 60 minutes (than Bismarck).”  image description
~ Peter de Villiers ~
image description  "The worst part is that warm-up because you're tight, you've had a hard week and then you have to warm yourself up and then sit for 60 minutes on the bench."  image description
~ Bismarck du Plessis on the worst part of being benched ~
image description  "It's one man's opinion. We do it because we want to and it's part of our history, our tradition, we're proud of it. I don't really care what he thinks."  image description
~ Ma'a Nonu slams Peter de Villiers' remark that the haka is losing its potency ~
image description  "It just shows a little bit of arrogance we sometimes have in the southern hemisphere - we think we're the best teams in the world - and Ireland showed last night that's not the case."  image description
~ All Blacks back Richard Kahui ~
image description  "It's a good win, but I'm not sitting here with the Webb Ellis Cup beside me, it's a win and we're in a pool stage and we've got to get four wins."  image description
~ Brian O'Driscoll on Ireland's win over Australia ~
image description  "Some people are too focused on the scoreboard, but the scoreboard doesn’t get you through to the next round – a win does."  image description
~ Peter de Villiers, Springbok coach ~
image description  "There's no truth to that idea at all. Some people have got very fertile minds. That's not the case, it's ridiculous."  image description
~ Graham Henry on whether his stars were legitimately injured ~
image description  "It wasn’t a rugby Test, it was a test of character. I think that we got our starting XV right, and the bench made the difference in the second half. They upped the tempo and put the opposition under pressure."  image description
~ Peter de Villiers, Springbok coach ~
image description  "It’s been said that we don’t play rugby, but we weren’t allowed to play much today. Wales flood the breakdown and the gate doesn’t seem to be a priority [with the referee]. It makes it very difficult to go forward if that area isn’t patrolled well."  image description
~ John Smit, Springbok captain ~
image description  When you walk through the shadow of the valley of death, sometimes it’s difficult to know which side your bread is buttered...  image description
~ Peter de Villiers, Springbok coach ~
image description  I look at Colin Meads and see a great big sheep farmer who carried the ball in his hands as though it was an orange pip.   image description
~ Bill McLaren, describing Colin Meads ~
 

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