Selected quotations from the RBS Six Nations launch

As well as our interview with Martin Johnson, we have picked out some of the more interesting quotations from today’s RBS Six Nations launch, at which the captain and coach from each country spoke to the media about the forthcoming tournament.

Italy

Nick Mallett, Italy coach

“You can’t be a one-man team. We knew after the Samoa game that Sergio wasn’t going to be available for the Six nations, so we’ve come to terms with that. Zanni, the player that’s going to take his place, has played Number 8 before.”

“Our objective is to be competitive and keep the margins down, within 15 points. We’d like to win every game, but that’s where Italian rugby is at the moment. If you are losing by 50-70 points, you are making no progress.”

Scotland

Andy Robinson, Scotland coach

“It’s the greatest Championship that we have in rugby. I’ve always loved it, since I was a child listening to Bill Mclaren.”

“We’re focused on the first game against France. In the last couple of years, we’ve lost that first game, so we want to get off to a good start.”

“We are in control of our destiny. We control whether we win or lose. If we attack well and control the scoreboard and then defend well, we’ll win the game. It’s down to us. It’s not about the opposition. It’s not about the referee. It’s about what we do.”

Wales

Warren Gatland, Wales coach

“The Six Nations isn’t an opportunity for experimentation. You have to hit the ground running. We need to get off to a good start. If you don’t get off to a winning start, there is that added pressure and you’re always chasing.”

“It’s good to have Adam Jones back. You can’t win a Test match without a set piece. Against England, we will target certain areas, depending on who they pick up front. I am happy with our experience in the front five. Games are won up front, and it is important that our tight five fronts up.”

France

Marc Lievremont, France coach

“Our team is very fit, but the Top 14 schedule is very punishing and we do not get a lot of time with the players. It’s tough, but we’re in good shape.”

“Four French clubs qualified for the H Cup. You can draw parallels with what happens at club level, but rugby is not an exact science. Our main focus is on continuity of performance.”

Ireland

Brian O’Driscoll, Ireland captain

“You never defend anything. You give back the trophy, and then you try and win it again.”

“I’m hungrier than ever. When you get some silverware, you just want more of it. You try to achieve as much as you possibly can. You don’t look back – you can dwell on it all when you’re finished and sitting in your armchair.”