Rugby Punditry
from the Southern Hemisphere

We rugby nations of the Northern Hemisphere once again (2008) prove ourselves incapable of defeating those of the South - New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.  However at least we can feel superior when it comes to rugby punditry and language
as these recent quotes from the south indicate. 


Nobody in Rugby should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.”  

Jono Gibbs - Chiefs

I’m going to graduate on time, no matter how long it takes.”  


Rodney So’ialo - Hurricanes - on University

You guys line up alphabetically by height.” and “You guys pair up in groups of three, then line up in a circle.”  


Colin Cooper - Hurricanes head coach 

 “I can’t really remember the names of the clubs that we went to.”

Chris Masoe (Hurricanes) on whether he had visited the Pyramids during his visit to Egypt

He’s a guy who gets up at six o’clock in the morning regardless of what time it is.”  

Colin Cooper on Paul Tito

It’s basically the same, just darker.”

Kevin Senio (Auckland), on Night Rugby vs Day Games


“Son, what is it with you. Is it ignorance or apathy?’

“David, I don’t know and I don’t care.”

David Nosafora (Auckland)

Troy Flavell

I want to reach for 150 or 200 points this season, whichever comes first.”


David Holwell (Hurricanes), when asked about the upcoming season

Andy Ellis – the 21 year old, who turned 22 a few weeks ago

Murray Mexted

Colin has done a bit of mental arithmetic with a calculator.”

Ma Nonu

He scored that try after only 22 seconds - totally against the run of play.”

Murray Mexted

We actually got the winning try three minutes from the end but then they scored.”

Phil Waugh Warratah

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

Jerry Collins

That kick was absolutely unique, except for the one before it which was identical.”

Tony Brown

I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father.”

Tana Umaga

Sure there have been injuries and deaths in rugby - but none of them serious.”

Doc Mayhew

If history repeats itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again.”

Anton Oliver

I would not say he (Rico Gear) is the best left winger in the Super 14, but there are none better.”

Murray Mexted

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

Ewan McKenzie

Have you ever thought of writing your autobiography?

On what ?

Murray Deaker

Tana Umaga

Well, either side could win it, or it could be a draw.”

Murray Mexted

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

Murray Mexted


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