December 23, 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!
Comeback Quins ...
It was the opening day of the new Aviva Premiership season and the crowds swarmed to Twickenham for the big London double header as champions Harlequins faced Wasps before Saracens took on London Irish. They hoped for a couple of cracking games to savour in the warm September sun. They got that, and much more. In particular Quins' comeback against Wasps, even at this early stage, looks odds on for game of the season.
"I believe in only two kinds of rugby - the winning kind and the losing kind."
Who was Scotland's top try scorer duirng Andy Robinson's tenure as head coach? 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.
Building a Premiership side
We've also trawled the archives for some of the best shots of year for your visual pleasure. Here The United States' Will Groulx knows why Wheelchair Rugby is often referred to as simply Murderball..
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"The thirst for knowledge has seen coaches break away from the confines of rugby and look to America." Tom Hamilton on the two-way learning process
On Saturday, New Zealand face the USA in a match that has been 40 years in the making. Tom Hamilton finds the atmosphere building in Chicago
Most modern rugby players will not know the name Ray Williams but they should be eternally grateful to him, writes John Taylor
With the All Blacks playing the USA Eagles this weekend, Craig Dowd says rugby is ready to make a professional breakthrough Stateside