Salary cap and Zidane
December 21, 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 day in the life...
Test referee Dave Pearson hung up his whistle this year in favour of moving to a role with the Six Nations that sees him become their elite referee coach. They are much maligned, the men in the middle, but the ESPN cameras got a chance to see what life is like behind the whistle prior to his final professional game in charge.
Dave Pearson on life as a referee
"We have Zidane, they have Jonny."
Who is the youngest player to have turned out in a Test for the Lions? 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.
The 4.25 million pound question
We've also trawled the archives for some of the best shots of year for your visual pleasure. Here we see the outline of one of Wales' favourite sons - Adam Jones.
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In the blink of an eye, a winger can go from a hero to villain. Hugh Godwin talks to Zac Guildford and David Strettle about life on the flank
Munster, No.8s, the imploding Australians, wonderful Glasgow and Lancaster's dilemma - it is Monday Maul time
As Ewen McKenzie exits stage left, the ARU remains under huge pressure, with CEO Bill Pulver feeling the brunt of Australian rugby's displeasure, Greg Growden writes
The latest Week in Pictures takes in the remarkable events in Brisbane and the first round of the European Rugby Champions Cup