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l White people no longer believe they can protect what is important to them. They are spineless. There is no marrow left in their bones. Louis Luyt, after resigning as president of the South African Rugby Football Union.

l It's the greatest English sell-out since Anzac Day. I think the English will have their own fatal landings in Australia and New Zealand over the next few weeks. Dick McGruther, the born diplomat who is the Australian Rugby Union's chairman, offers his observations on the England squad to tour the southern hemisphere.

l I'm left with the suspicion that a group of players have been coerced by their clubs by not travelling. John O'Neill, the ARU's chief executive, has a more subtle observation on England's tourists.

l I should have rung my mum up and asked her to bring some more. Patrick Rafter, the Australian tennis player, explaining that he wore a black shirt at the Italian Open because he had run out of clean white ones.

l I am over the moon. Gianluca Vialli, Chelsea's player-manager, displays his mastery English football-speak after his side's European Cup- Winners' Cup victory.

l Our success can be measured by the teams who want to play us in end- of-season or pre-season friendlies. It used to be Purfleet, now it is the likes of the Italian national side. Harry Redknapp, West Ham's manager, on the changing face of football at Upton Park.

l Maybe Fulham FC started here tonight. Kevin Keegan, chief operations manager turned team manager conjures up another hostage to fortune after his new charges had failed to reach the Second Division play-off finals.

l Paul's been smoking since he was in Rome with Lazio, six or seven years. If I tried to stop him for three weeks now it might have an adverse effect. Glenn Hoddle, the England coach, revealing that Paul Gascoigne will not be out of puff at the World Cup.

l If they are such big men then why didn't they sack me before now? Wim Jansen responds to the Celtic board after they accused him of walking out on the club.

l I am pleased to put the record straight and in doing so clear my name. I was always confident that I would. Alan Shearer welcomes the Football Association's not guilty verdict on his charge of deliberately kicking Leicester City's Neil Lennon in the face.

l Dennis Bergkamp will not be taking part in tomorrow's FA Cup final. Arsenal announce the end of their Dutch striker's hopes of playing at Wembley today.