ESPNscrum Festive Countdown - December 19
Life after rugby and banana-kicks
December 19, 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!
A crowd of just over 4000 witnessed one of the most remarkable kicks at goal you will ever see on a rugby field. Doncaster were beating 14-12 Rotherham with the clock ticking into the red zone. With a gale blowing around Castle Park, Rotherham's Garry Law was handed the kicking tee charged with winning the game from an angle. He played the conditions to absolute perfection, as you can see by clicking the video beneath.
"I can't open my hand out. I have got to see someone about it; can't grip anything. I dropped a bowl at home the other night. Basically I'm f****d!."
Which two players scored six tries in a Test in 2012? Find out here
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.
Fitter, faster, stronger
We've also trawled the archives for some of the best shots of year for your visual pleasure - here we have a photo from the weekend's match between Saracens and Munster. It has not had a very long shelf-life - just three days - but we feel it warrants an almost immediate re-showing.
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Toulon's Heineken Cup final victory over Clermont Auvergne may have ended a long title drought for the Top 14 club but two of their players are no strangers to success
We bring you our pick of the best pictures from around the world in the last seven days with the battle for Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup glory taking centre stage
"If you listen carefully you should be able to hear them mining the granite for the statue of a certain Jonny Wilkinson" Graham Jenkins reports from the Heineken Cup Final
Quade Cooper's defence is better than it was 12 months ago and Robbie Deans has erred in omitting him from the core Wallabies squad to play the Lions, Greg Growden writes