All Blacks sink to new depths and Cornish pride
December 6, 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!
Under the sea
Not content with being the undisputed No.1 rugby side in the world, the All Blacks tried their hand at some underwater rugby. Portugal and Spain tried to conquer the oceans during the 'Age of Exploration' and now it seems that the All Blacks are not content with ruling on land, they are also keen on dominating the depths. Playing alongside the Wharenui water polo team, Conrad Smith, Zac Guildford and and Adam Thomson gave a different type of rugby a go.
"Suffice for me to say he's so exceptional I'd pay to watch him train"
France's Wesley Fofana grabbed headlines earlier in 2012 for his impressive record of scoring in his first four Tests for Les Bleus - but which player has scored tries in the most consecutive matches since his debut? 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 dusted them off for your pleasure.
'I'd come out of retirement just to play there'
We've also trawled the archives for some of the best shots of year for your visual pleasure - here we have Ruan Pienaar posing with some Ulster supporters after he helped guide them into the Heineken Cup final with an assured performance against Edinburgh back in April 28, 2012.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Huw Richards assesses where Wales are after a mixed Six Nations, with front row seats still very much available for the World Cup
John Mitchell lapped up the action on 'Sensational Saturday' - but warns not to expect a repeat come Rugby World Cup time later this year
Craig Dowd warns England, Ireland and Wales they should play to their strengths rather than those of the All Blacks and the Wallabies
Tom Hamilton runs the rule over just where the six countries stand ahead of the global gathering in September