Hot-footing Habana and a skin full for Tindall
December 1, 2012
It's that time of year again and in what is now surely a tradition to rival the turkey, the tree and all the trimmings, we're delighted to herald the return the ESPNscrum Festive Countdown for your amusement.
Once again, we'll be counting down the days until the big one with an assortment of trivia and novelties to brighten your day - sadly, chocolate not included. Check out our latest offering below and be sure to check back tomorrow for your latest dose of festive fun!
Habana hot-foots it to Try of the Year
South Africa's Bryan Habana was back at somewhere near his best in 2012 following a relatively fruitless season the previous year. His seven-try haul included this beauty against the All Blacks in Dunedin that has since been voted the Try of the Year.
"Obviously it wasn't ideal for me to end up as hammered as I was"
Which Test side holds the record for the most victories in one calendar year? Click here for the answer
And something you may have missed...
ESPNscrum endeavours to bring you an intoxicating mix of news, views and analysis and one or two of these gems may have passed you by over the last 12 months - but don't worry, we've trawled the archive and dusted them off for your pleasure.
McCaw rolls with the punches..and knees...and gouging...and elbows
"Richie McCaw will embark on a six-month sabbatical next year and no-one will begrudge him the chance to rest."
We've also trawled the archives for some of the best shots of year for your visual pleasure - including this snap of happier times for Wales as they celebrated completing a Six Nations Grand Slam back in March.
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The time for tinkering is over - England must nail their colours to the mast in key positions, writes Phil Vickery
"New Zealand-born Joe Schmidt has forged the Irish into a street-smart, well- prepared side," John Mitchell on the Irish renaissance
"I am bored of hearing 'I can't fault the effort'. Let us take that for granted and look for some quality." John Taylor writes
Reports comparing the 2014 Wallabies with their rabble-like predecessors of 2005 are unfair and self-serving, Greg Growden reports