Interesting Rugby Quotes

Giorgi DolidzeCorrespondent IJune 9, 2009

CALVISANO, ITALY - DECEMBER 10:  Jonah Lomu of Cardiff participates in a Cardiff Blues training session before the Heineken European Cup match between Calvisano and Cardiff Blues on December 10, 2005 in Calvisano, Italy. (Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/Getty Images)

Rugby is very popular these days and was popular in the 20th century. And everything that is popular has a lot of supporters, critics, and haters. People express their opinions about things in many different ways, but you just can’t ignore the beautiful way of expressing opinion by quotes. So, in this article I have some interesting rugby quotes for the readers.

Here they are:

"Rugby is a beastly game played by gentlemen; soccer is a gentleman's game played by beasts; football is a beastly game played by beasts."—Henry Blaha

"Rugby is a good occasion for keeping thirty bullies far from the center of the city."—Oscar Wilde

"In our country, true teams rarely barriers and personal ambitions have reduced athletes to dissolute cliques or individuals thrown together for mutual profit...Yet these rugby players, with their muddied, cracked bodies, are struggling to hold onto a sense of humanity that we in America have lost and are unlikely to regain. The game may only be to move a ball forward on a dirt field, but the task can be accomplished with an unshackled joy and its memories will be a permanent delight. The women and men who play on that rugby field are more alive than too many of us will ever be. The foolish emptiness we think we perceive in their existence is only our own."—Victor Cahn (See E—mail at bottom)

After an All—Blacks surprise loss to the French in the 1999 Rugby World Cup: "The French are predictably unpredictable."—Andrew Mehrtens.

"I prefer rugby to soccer. I enjoy the violence in rugby, except when they start biting each other's ears off."—Elizabeth Taylor (1972)

"If the game is run properly as a professional game, you do not need 57 old farts running rugby."—Will Carling (1995)

"I'm still an amateur, of course, but I became rugby's first millionaire five years ago."—David Campese (1991)

"On England's new rubber training suit-As you run around Battersea Parkin them, looking like a cross between a member of the SAS and Blake's Seven, there is always the lingering fear of arrest."—Brian Moore (1995)

"On female rugby teamsEverybody thinks we should have moustaches and hairy arses, but in fact you could put us all on the cover of Vogue."—Helen Kirk (1987)

On trying to stop Phil Horrocks—Taylor: "Every time I went to tackle him, Horrocks went one way, Taylor went the other, and all I got was the bloody hyphen."—Nick England

"Rugby football is a game I can't claim absolutely to understand in all its niceties, if you know what I mean. I can follow the broad, general principles, of course. I mean to say, I know that the main scheme is to work the ball down the field somehow and deposit it over the line at the other end and that, in order to squalch this programme, each side is allowed to put in a certain amount of assault and battery and do things to its fellow man which, if done elsewhere, would result in 14 days without the option, coupled with some strong remarks from the Bench."—P. G. Wodehouse Very Good, Jeeves (1930)


On Lomu finally turning down offers from League teams: "Jonah Lomu is staying in New Zealand, ending an isheorisn'the saga which rivaled the trial of OJ. Simpson for unnecessarily protracted tedium."—Paul Wilson The Observer (1995)

"Anyone who doesn't watch rugby league is not a real person. He's a cow's hoof, an ethnic or comes from Melbourne."—John Singleton Australian (1981)

Gareth Edwards: "The sooner that little soandso goes to rugby league, the better it will be for us."—Dickie Jeeps (1967)

"I'm 49, I've had a brain haemorrhage and a triple bypass and I could still go out and play a reasonable game of rugby union. But I wouldn't last 30 seconds in rugby league."—Graham Lowe (1995)

"League is much, much more physical than Union, and that's before anyone starts breaking the rules." - Adrian Hadley (1988)

On the biggest change after returning to the Union code: "It's the first time I've been cold for seven years. I was never cold playing rugby league."—Jonathan Davis, A Question of Sport BBC TV (1995)

"To play rugby league, you need three things: a good pass, a good tackle and a good excuse."—Anon

After a succession of career—threatening injuries: "I played ten injuryfree years between the ages of 12 and 22. Then, suddenly, it seemed like I was allergic to the twentieth century."—Nigel Melville (1984)

"In my time, I've had my knee out, broken my collarbone, had my nose smashed, a rib broken, lost a few teeth, and ricked my back; but as soon as I get a bit of bad luck I'm going to quit the game."—J. W. Robinson

"New Zealand rugby is a colourful game since you get all black...and blue."—Anon

"Forwards are the gnarled and scarred creatures who have a propensity for running into and bleeding all over each other."—Peter Fitzsimmons

"In 1823, William Webb Ellis first picked up the ball in his arms and ran with it. And for the next 156 years forwards have been trying to work out why."—Sir Tasker Watkins (1979)

"The Holy Writ of Gloucester Rugby Club demands: first, that the forwards shall win the ball; second, that the forwards shall keep the ball; and third, the backs shall buy the beer."—Doug Ibbotson

Martin Offiah: "Your hands can't catch what your eyes can't see."—Nike rugby boot advert (1993)

"Rugby backs can be identified because they generally have clean jerseys and identifiable partings in their hair...come the revolution the backs will be the first to be lined up against the wall and shot for living parasitically off the work of others."—Peter Fizsimmons

"I think you enjoy the game more if you don't know the rules. Anyway, you're on the same wavelength as the referees."—Jonathan Davies, A Question of Sport BBC TV (1995)

"Playing rugby at school I once fell on a loose ball and, through ignorance and fear, held on despite a fierce pummelling. After that it took me months to convince my team-mates I was a coward."—Peter Cook (1970)

"Rugby is a game for the mentally deficient...That is why it was invented by the British. Who else but an Englishman could invent an oval ball?"—Peter Pook

"Rugby is played by men with odd shaped balls."—Car bumper sticker

"The advantage law is the best law in rugby, because it lets you ignore all the others for the good of the game."—Derek Robinson

"There is far too much talk about good ball and bad ball. In my opinion, good ball is when you have possession and bad ball is when the opposition have it."—Dick Jeeps (1976)


To Princess Anne's son Peter Phillips, Gordonstoun School's rugby captain, for his pre—match coin—toss preference: "Grandmother or tails, sir?"—Anon rugby referee (1995)

"The whole point of rugby is that it is, first and foremost, a state of mind, a spirit."—Jean—Pierre Rives (1952- ), French rugby player.

“Rugby League is war without the frills."—Anon.

"Beer and Rugby are more or less synonymous."—Chris Laidlaw

"The pub is as much a part of rugby as is the playing field."—John Dickenson

“Me? As England's answer to Jonah Lomu? Joanna Lumley, more likely.“—Damian Hopley (1995)


“New Zealand rugby is a colorful game since you get all black...and blue.”


“On his multiplayer injury substitutions against Western SamoaIt was like the Falklands crisis. I was counting them in and counting them out.”—Jack Rowell (1995)


“I can't even spell diet.” Gareth Edwards (1984)


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