ESPNscrum Festive Countdown - December 17
Slugging Sonny and Clermont tears
December 17, 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!
Sonny Bill Williams was never too far away from the headlines once again this past year whether for Chiefs, the All Blacks or in the boxing ring where he laid claim to the New Zealand Professional Boxing Association heavyweight championship belt crown back in February. His first round knock out of Auckland-based American Clarence Tillman stretched his unbeaten record to five - three of which have come by knockout. He will be back in the ring on February 8 for a World Boxing Association international title fight against South Africa's Francois Botha.
"That scoreline is a bit embarrassing."
Who was the leading Test try-scorer in the 1980s? 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.
Provincial rugby has no future
We've also trawled the archives for some of the best shots of year for your visual pleasure - here tap into the pain of Clermont Auvergne's Heineken Cup semi-final defeat to Leinster back in April.
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"Drafting former Lions heroes and rising stars into your side at short notice may make for great copy but it does not make for a great side." Graham Jenkins on the lesson from the Lions' first loss