Shiners and coptercam
December 16, 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!
Taking down coptercam
It has been a fairly incredible 2012 for the All Blacks. They won the inaugural Rugby Championship and went on an unbeaten run of 20 games - until they met England that is. We have seen them cracking out some incredible skills in the past, with perhaps a little help from computers, and they did it again earlier this year when fullback Israel Dagg opted to use his handling skills to down a 'coptercam'.
"Gav has had three or four years of fannying around and not being serious about his rugby."
Who has scored the most Test tries at Twickenham? 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.
Home Sweet Home?
We've also trawled the archives for some of the best shots of year for your visual pleasure - here we see the eye injury England skipper Chris Robshaw sustained against London Irish while he was wearing his Harlequins colours.
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