"He’s been working very hard to be in the best form possible for the tournament, and it’s tragic that his campaign has ended this way."
South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber on injured hooker Malcolm Marx

"I could be here a while."
Peter O’Mahony on being asked to sum up Johnny Sexton’s contribution to Irish rugby.

“It is still a bit weird. We are room-mates as well, and sometimes we just like lay in bed and look over at each other and say ‘What are we doing here? To be 20 years old, what have we done to deserve this?’"
Wales second-row Christ Tshiunza on playing alongside his Exeter club-mate Dafydd Jenkins

"I wish I could show you a photo of our host stadium in Windhoek and compare that to this."
Namibia assistant coach Barend Pieterse after seeing Stadium de Toulouse for the first time.

"Scrum time will be huge for us, we're going to have a crack."
Ben Tameifuna on how Tonga will approach the game against Ireland with the front row weighing a combined 387kg.

"It's pretty cool, it's good for my mum and dad. We come from a small town in New Zealand and now we're on the world stage, so it's pretty awesome for both of us."
Tonga fly-half William Havili on being at Rugby World Cup 2023 along with his brother, David, who is playing for New Zealand

“They haven’t got a clue! Even my family that come to the current games now, they haven’t got a clue, they are like ‘Where’s Christ, where’s Christ? Oh, good job, you did something well today’. They don’t know the rules but I am glad they can come and support.”
Wales second-row Christ Tshiunza on his family's rugby knowledge

"It’s tough getting Snapchats of them smoking vapes and drinking beer while I’m trying to prepare for the game."
Ireland winger Mack Hansen on his friends being in France as spectators

“Players are very excited, maybe too much."
Portugal head coach Patrice Lagisquet says they can barely contain themselves ahead of Saturday's match against Wales.

“I can’t compare to when I was a player, they weren’t born.”
Lagisquet, France's 'Bayonne Express' at his peak, struggles to use his own playing days as motivation for Portugal's players.

“I think the hardest thing about it was I was standing next to Lukey and I could actually hear him singing."
Anton Lienert-Brown on having to stand next to Luke Jacobson belting out the New Zealand anthem at Stade de France.