I don’t believe in magic. I believe in hard work.

— Richie McCaw

Jaw-dropping Rugby quotations

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

It's not about rugby, it's about young men.

It's not about building a championship team, it's about building championship boys. Boys who will be forever strong.

I want you to be forever strong on the field, so that you will be forever strong off the field.

8 Raucous Rugby Quotes

Strangely, in slow motion replay, the ball seemed to hang in the air for even longer.

It's basically the same, just darker.

I played rugby for years, and I had a rugby jacket that I lost when I was 14.

Somehow, my brother found it in storage 15 years later, and he gave it back to me for my 30th birthday. That was amazing and probably one of the best gifts I've ever received.

The whole point of rugby is that it is, first and foremost, a state of mind, a spirit.

Rugby is great. The players don't wear helmets or padding; they just beat the living daylights out of each other and then go for a beer. I love that.

Ballroom dancing is a contact sport. Rugby is a collision sport.

Beer and Rugby are more or less synonymous.

I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body.

American football makes rugby look like a Tupperware party.

The heart is willing, the head is willing but the body's had enough.

Your hands can't catch what your eyes can't see.

Rugby players are either piano shifters or piano movers.

Fortunately, I am one of those who can play a tune.

For Irishmen, there is no football game to match rugby and if all our young men played rugby not only would we beat England and Wales but France and the whole lot of them put together.

He was a professional rugby player in the area that I played as a youngster.

So a lot of people who I went to school with knew who he was and knew that he was black. So I would get racist taunts in school.

In south west Lancashire, babies don't toddle, they side-step.

Queuing women talk of 'nipping round the blindside'. Rugby league provides our cultural adrenalin. It's a physical manifestation of our rules of life, comradeship, honest endeavour, and a staunch, often ponderous allegiance to fair play.

I never comment on referees and I'm not going to break the habit of a lifetime for that prat.

I've seen a lot people like him, but they weren't playing on the wing.

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.

I told him, 'Son, what is it with you? Is it ignorance or apathy?' He said, 'Coach, I don't know and I don't care.

Looking back, my whole life seems so surreal.

I didn't just turn up on the doorstep playing rugby, I had to go through a whole lot of things to get there.

I have lost three semi-finals at Newlands.

I was hoping that last year would be a lucky number three. It was close, but we could not make it.

You guys line up alphabetically by height.

This is God's way of saying you've achieved so much, here's your chance to play against the world's best players. There's got to be some reason behind it. It has to be God. It's been created because of Him and the belief the boys have in Him.

It's an exciting place to go, really.

The rain, the drizzle, the cold, the depressing people, the smokes in the bath ... I don't know of anyone who has been to Blackpool and enjoyed it.

The scrum and the tackle are the two really contentious areas of the game.

If you get those two aspects right, most rugby matches will work in your favour.

My favourite sport at school was rugby. All sports are teamwork, but rugby particularly is about teamwork and I think teamwork is the essence of this.

Rugby has always been a game for all shapes and sizes. You have the superstars and the fast guys who score the tries, but you also need the workhorses and the people who play all the other roles. Unless they all work together as a team then it's really going to affect the performance. Everyone's got to rely on everyone else.

This looks a good team on paper, let's see how it looks on grass.

Every sinew in my body came together in one perfect whole. But those who have ever experienced that feeling, and it doesn't happen very often, will tell you it's in a whole other place of experience from the usual ego or vanity that drives my game. So I'm not afraid to own it for what it was.

I've always said that playing rugby in Spain is like being a bullfighter in Japan.

A game of rugby is a work of art!