Rugby Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old rugby quotes, rugby sayings, and rugby proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Rugby is a good occasion for keeping thirty bullies far from the center of the city.     

Oscar Wilde

The advantage law is the best law in rugby, because it lets you ignore all the others for the good of the game.     

Derek Robinson

If the game is run properly as a professional game, you do not need 57 old farts running rugby.     

Will Carling

Rugby players are either piano shifters or piano movers. Fortunately, I am one of those who can play a tune.     

Pierre Danos

The pub is as much a part of rugby as is the playing field.     

John Dickenson

Rugby is not like tea, which is good only in England, with English water and English milk. On the contrary, rugby would be better, frankly, if it were made in a Twickenham pot and warmed up in a Pyrenean cauldron.     

Dennis LaLanne

The whole point of rugby is that it is, first and foremost, a state of mind, a spirit.     

Jean-Pierre Rives

Rugby League is a war without the frills.     


Rugby is a game for big buggers. if you're not a big bugger, you get hurt. I wasn't a big bugger but i was a fast bugger and therefore I avoided the big buggers.     

Spike Milligan

Rugby is great. The players don't wear helmets or padding; they just beat the living daylights out of each other and then go for a beer. I love that.     

Joe Theismann

If there is no blood on the line, it is not rugby league.     

Russell Crowe

Good big blokes are better than good little blokes. Then again, good little blokes are better than dud big blokes. And dud big blokes should play something other than Rugby.     

Bob Dwyer

Anyone who does not watch rugby league is not a real person.     

John Singleton

There's ego in all of us rugby players.     

Brian O'Driscoll

Ballroom dancing is a contact sport. Rugby is a collision sport.     

Heyneke Meyer

The scrum and the tackle are the two really contentious areas of the game. If you get those two aspects right, most rugby matches will work in your favour.     

Alan Lewis

Rugby is a wonderful show: dance, opera and, suddenly, the blood of a killing.     

Richard Burton

Rugby is a beastly game played by gentlemen; soccer is a gentleman's game played by beasts; football is a beastly game played by beasts.     

Henry Blaha

Rugby is a hooligans game played by gentlemen.     

Winston Churchill

Beer and Rugby are more or less synonymous.     

Chris Laidlaw

Rugby may have many problems, but the gravest is undoubtedly that of the persistence of summer.     

Chris Laidlaw

Rugby is a game for barbarians played by gentlemen. Football is a game for gentlemen played by barbarians.     

Oscar Wilde

Nobody in Rugby should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.     

Jono Gibbs