"Props are the most annoying people on the team, they eat the most food, they take the longest to get up. But they are special people... they are looking forward to strutting their stuff.”
New Zealand head coach Ian Foster

“We are ready to go, mate. We’re like an F1 car now, a fast one at the start of the grid"
Australia head coach Eddie Jones on his team, having previously compared them to a Datsun

"We are going to see it 300 times over the next week."
Uruguay centre Juan Manuel Alonso won't have to look hard to find somewhere to watch France v New Zealand

“We have been training so hard. We had a couple of days up in Darwin where it was scorching... we have been getting flogged out there."
Lack of fitness won't cost Australia at RWC 2023, according to Rob Valetini 

100 per cent sure

"Is this the best World Cup Italian team? I am 100 per cent sure that it is."
Wing Monty Ioane is in completely confident mood

"I lived here a few years ago and I can't remember September being this hot."
Even Ireland captain (and former Racing 92 fly-half) Johnny Sexton has been surprised by the French weather

"I saw the stats, we played 22 matches without a win, so it's time now for us to get that win. It would be incredible for us, for the players that have worked so hard and for our nation. Everyone's supporting us, everyone wants that first win."
Namibia captain Johan Deysel feels a Rugby World Cup victory is overdue