PARIS, 4 October - Forget the boring cliches from post-match interviews, the players at this world cup deserve full credit for their verbal efforts. When it comes to quotes they've played more than the full 80 minutes.
"We went to see him later (on Saturday night) and he was sitting on his hospital bed, getting pelters from my missus for still being in his dirty kit, absolutely stinking."
- Scotland's Sean Lamont on visiting his brother Rory after his crash landing in the match against Italy.
"One of the villages actually climbed a mountain with a generator and TV and watched it (the match) at the top of the mountain because they couldn't pick up the frequency in the village. That's the sort of thing we're playing for. It makes your voice go away and brings a tear to your eye."
- Fiji's Mosese Rauluni on the support from people back home.
"If we have to play against New Zealand, I'll explain it like this. To win, their 15 players have to have a diarrhoea and we will have to put snipers around the field shooting at them and then we have to play the best match of our lives."
- Argentina second row Juan Martín Fernandez Lobbe on a potential match-up against the All Blacks.
"I heard about that. I've been stitched up. I think I'm the only one with hair clippers on tour and about half the team has been using them. But they've been packed away and everyone will have long hair from now on. We'll have the (Sébastien) Chabal look."
- Australia prop Al Baxter on allegations his hair clippers may be cursed, after three players who borrowed them were later injured in games.
"We threw the petrol tanks – and the car included – at the South Africans. My job was made easy by the boys; when I asked them to step up for their country they did."
- Tonga captain Nili Latu on their narrow 30-25 defeat by South Africa.
"I'm not going to shoot them all at dawn. If they didn't play well they can learn from their experience. If we had kicked our goals we would have been 20 points up at half time."
- The Springboks head coach Jake White on the side he selected for the Tonga match and their narrow 30-25 win.
"It is difficult. It is like taking me and putting me in Wimbledon to play Roger Federer."
- Namibia coach Hakkies Husselman on amateurs playing professionals.
"Australia. We win every second world cup. It's our turn."
- Former Wallaby captain John Eales on who will win the IRB Rugby World Cup.
"Sport is the best way to convey messages (to those) who cannot understand our language, and sports appeal to everybody."
- Nelson Mandela on the significance of sport.
"Isn't it Jones, Jones, Jones and Jones, with Williams, Williams and Williams? It is a huge Welsh law firm. It will be a huge hurdle for us and hopefully we will surprise the Welsh lawyers."
- Canadian coach Ric Suggitt on the Welsh roster.
"We used to just lift coconuts and banana trees, now we've got dieticians, weights, everything. The players look after their bodies now. Once we go fully professional, once we get a big company to sponsor us, we'll have 15 Michael Jones's, so look out."
- Samoa forwards coach Peter Fatialofa on how training methods have evolved.
"We had a headache all week and aspirin had no effect."
- France scrum half Jean-Baptiste Elissalde on his team's 87-10 win over Namibia - nine days after the opening-day defeat to Argentina.
"If I didn't have a beard I would have got it right on the chin."
- France second row Sébastien Chabal on the high tackle from Namibia's Jacques Nieuwenhuis, who was red-carded for the offence.
"Not bad for a little man from Tokoroa. That's worth a couple of beers at least."
- Fiji fly half Nicky Little on being told he'd passed 100 world cup points during the match against Canada.
"In Fiji we are traditional enemies so I gave him a bit of a ribbing about it. At the end of the game we have prayers and stuff so I asked him to pray for a new set of hands."
- Mosese Rauluni again, on centre Seru Rabeni's (FJI) poor handling skills in the first two matches.
"We need to find the guy with the voodoo doll who keeps putting pins into our players. Injuries are part of the game but we've had eight or nine injuries to key
players this year. I'm running out of fingers (to count them on)."
Japan's Kiwi head coach John Kirwan on the mounting injuries in his squad.