In Sanity We Trust

Diversions: Running with the Ball

I've often contended that rugby is a thinking man's game though some remain sceptical. The following quotes from some of the sport's luminaries should put the question beyond doubt.

"Nobody in Rugby should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein."
- Scott Hamilton

"I'm going to graduate on time, no matter how long it takes."
- Andy Ellis on University

"You guys line up alphabetically by height and you guys pair up in groups of three, then line up in a circle."
- Robbie Deans

"I can't really remember the names of the clubs that we went to."
- Chris Jack 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."
- Robbie Deans on Rueben Thorne

"It's basically the same, just darker."
- Kevin Senio, on Night Rugby vs Day Games

"I told him, 'Son, what is it with you. Is it ignorance or apathy?'
He said, 'Robbie, I don't know and I don't care.'"
- Robbie Deans talking about Caleb Ralph

"I want to reach for 150 or 200 points this season, whichever comes first."
- Dan Carter when asked about the upcoming season

"Andy Ellis - the 21 year old, who turned 22 a few weeks ago"
- Murray Mexted

"Robbie has done a bit of mental arithmetic with a calculator."
- Dan Carter

"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

"I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body."
- Andy Ellis

"That kick was absolutely unique, except for the one before it which was identical."
- Dan Carter

"I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father."
- Dan Carter

"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."
- Robbie Deans

"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."
- Ewen McKenzie

Murray Deaker: "Have you ever thought of writing your autobiography?"
Chris Jack: "On what?"

"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