Quotable quotes

PARIS - Who's saying what at the rugby World Cup: "We can't do anything about it now. It's going to hurt for a long, long time. I'm lost for words." - New Zealand captain Richie McGaw on the quarterfinal defeat by France.

PARIS - Who's saying what at the rugby World Cup: "We can't do anything about it now. It's going to hurt for a long, long time. I'm lost for words." - New Zealand captain Richie McGaw on the quarterfinal defeat by France.

"Today we were a really brave team and when we have the spirit, it's difficult to stop us." - France captain Raphael Ibanez on how his team won 20-18.

"I am delighted for the players. This victory represents a mountain of effort." - England head coach Brian Ashton following his side's 12-10 quarterfinal win over Australia.

"To say it was magnificent would probably be an understatement, but I can't think of a better word at the moment." - Ashton on the effort of the forward pack.

"He came up to me and said congratulations and I said 'you're an absolute legend. Thank you'. It was a privilege to play him this afternoon and he's a top bloke." - England scrum half Andy Gomarsall on George Gregan in his last Test appearance.

"Miss the bloody thing." - England replacement hooker George Chuter on what he was thinking when Australia captain Stirling Mortlock was lining up his penalty kick three minutes from time which could have won the match in Marseille.

"I'm hydrating myself aren't I." - England hooker Mark Regan on enjoying a beer in the mixed zone. "It was our worst performance of the tournament." - Coach John Connolly on Australia's performance. - Sapa-AFP

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