"It's been a roller-coaster few months, I went from not knowing which club I was going to be at after leaving Stade (Francais) and now I am at a World Cup. I actually started crying a bit during the anthems, I got a bit emotional." 
Italy centre Paolo Odogwu

"My answer is yes definitely, yes we can 100 per cent."
Italy captain Michele Lamaro on if Italy can challenge New Zealand and France

“Stay with us because as a small team we will fight with every drop of our energy to make them proud.”
Cristian Chirica, Romania captain on his message to his country's people

It was a right wake-up call

"It was a right wake-up call for us - 'Welcome to World Cup 2023'."
Ireland back-row Peter O'Mahony on Romania's opening try

"Of course we're not happy about this (heavy defeat, but) we can't make miracles in a few days."
Romania head coach Eugen Apjok on the 82-8 loss to Ireland

"For me, it was just providing a loud voice and and a big boot at the back there. In the end, it made me look half-decent so I put that on all the boys."  
Australia's Mastercard Player of the Match Ben Donaldson was modest about his performance

"Obviously I’m not popular, mate, at least it’s consistent. You either want to be popular or unpopular, so at least I’m consistently unpopular. I can deal with that."
Australia head coach Eddie Jones on being jeered every time his face came on the stadium screen

"It’s a good lesson for us. It’s a good cold shower."
Georgia hooker Shalva Mamukashvili reflects on giving too much possession to Australia in the 35-15 defeat for his team