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December 2, 2012

Festive Countdown - December 2

Posted on 12/02/2012

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!

Go Jonny, go, go go

Gloucester speedster Jonny May picked up the Aviva Premiership Try of the Season award for his stunning score against Harlequins at Kingsholm back in February. It's well worth a second, third and fourth look (30 secs into this highlights clip).

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"I would have been in the south of France smoking marijuana and drinking red wine"
- Former All Blacks boss Graham Henry reveals what he would have done had his side lost their Rugby World Cup Final showdown with France

Trivia Time

Who is the highest-placed forward on the list of the all-time leading try scorers on the international stage?
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.

It's rugby but not as you know it
"'It's chess, but with violence' and it will be one of the most popular sports at the Paralympics. Intrigued? You're not the only one." Tom Hamilton looks at the sport of wheelchair rugby

Picture Perfect

We've also trawled the archives for some of the best shots of year for your visual pleasure - starting with this snap of Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal as he began his 130-day touchline ban for his outrageous comments in the wake of his side's Top 14 defeat to Clermont. If somehow you have forgotten, he was so incensed by the performance of referee Christophe Berdos that he said it felt like he had been the victim of 'sodomy'.

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December 1, 2012

Festive Countdown - December 1

Posted on 12/01/2012

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!

Habana hot-foots it to Try of the Year

South Africa's Bryan Habana was back at somewhere near his best in 2012 following a relatively fruitless season the previous year. His seven-try haul included this beauty against the All Blacks in Dunedin that has since been voted the Try of the Year.

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"Obviously it wasn't ideal for me to end up as hammered as I was"
- Former England centre Mike Tindall reflects on his headline-grabbing exploits - off the field - at the 2011 Rugby World Cup

Trivia Time

Which Test side holds the record for the most victories in one calendar year? 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 trawled the archive and dusted them off for your pleasure.

McCaw rolls with the punches..and knees...and gouging...and elbows
"Richie McCaw will embark on a six-month sabbatical next year and no-one will begrudge him the chance to rest."
Graham Jenkins looks back at the attempts to rile the All Blacks' skipper

Picture Perfect

We've also trawled the archives for some of the best shots of year for your visual pleasure - including this snap of happier times for Wales as they celebrated completing a Six Nations Grand Slam back in March.

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December 24, 2011

Festive Countdown - December 24

Posted on 12/24/2011

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!

Take, take, take

Christmas is a time for giving, unless you’re Peter Stringer. Then it’s just take, take, take. Just ask James O’Connor.

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”I would say the referee was a joke but I'd probably get fined for it so I won't.”
- The biggest mouth of 2011 - Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu - can’t quite get his head around when he’s overstepped the mark. Even when he’s trying not to overstep the mark.

Trivia Time
Q. Richie McCaw has played 103 Tests for the Alll Blacks. How many has he won?
(Yesterday's answer: Twickenham has staged the Heineken Cup Final on three occasions.)

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Alain Rolland has a quiet word with the Harlequins bench. What is he saying?© Getty Images

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December 23, 2011

Festive Countdown - December 23

Posted on 12/23/2011

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!

Bum rushed

If you will insist on pulling off great hand-offs in your own in-goal, Horacio Agulla, we’ll be forced to pull your shorts down on live TV. Which, of course, your mum might be watching.

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”He was a prick to coach.”
- Piri Weepu’s mum on, Piri Weepu.

Trivia Time
Q. Twickenham will host the Heineken Cup Final in May - how many times has the big one been staged there in the past?

(Yesterday's answer: New Zealand have failed to win the IRB Sevens World Series on three occasions: in 2005-06 (Fiji), 2008-09 (South Africa) and 2009-10 (Samoa).)

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Shane Williams gets fired up at the Millennium Stadium© Getty Images

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December 22, 2011

Festive Countdown - December 22

Posted on 12/22/2011

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!

Snatching defeat from the jaws of defeat
You know when you kick the winning drop-goal, and it turns out that it’s not the winning drop-goal? That. Only happening to Felipe Contepomi. Who’s no mathematician.

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”I told them they are a bunch of spoiled brats. Undisciplined, disobedient, sometimes selfish. Always complaining, always whingeing.”
- France boss Marc Lievremont rolls out another famous motivational speech.

Trivia Time
Q. On how many occasions have New Zealand failed to win the IRB Sevens World Series?

(Yesterday's answer: Toby Faletau missed precisely zero tackles during the Rugby World Cup.)

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England Sevens’ Dan Norton has something to smile about. What?© Getty Images

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December 21, 2011

Festive Countdown - December 21

Posted on 12/21/2011

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!

What would you say if Jesus was sat next to you?
Leinster fly-half Jonathan Sexton has had to vie with the best of them over the past year. He played a key role in Leinster's epic comeback against Northampton Saints in the Heineken Cup final while also keeping the scoreboard ticking over during the World Cup for Ireland. But when faced with the question - among others - 'what would you do if Jesus was sat next to you?'..watch how he copes with that pressure.

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”The one thing that is consistent about Gavin Henson is that he's still pretty orange.”
- London Irish's Toby Booth provides his take on the tangoed Henson.

Trivia Time
Q.How many tackles did Toby Faletau miss during the World Cup ?

(Yesterday's answer: Shane Williams scored 22 tries in the Six Nations.)

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What is going on in this picture?© Getty Images

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December 20, 2011

Festive Countdown - December 20

Posted on 12/20/2011

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!

Flying (one-cap) Fijian
With Leinster showing their class by thumping Bath at Lansdowne Road last weekend, why not rewind to one of the best moments in last season’s Heineken Cup - Isa Nacewa’s stunning solo try against Leicester at the same ground.

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”You are only allowed to wear coloured boots if you've played over 50 times for the Ospreys or over 15 times for your country.”
- The quote that broke hearts at the Ospreys. For shame, Sean Holley. For shame.

Trivia Time
Q. Shane Williams played 41 Six Nations games. How many of his 58 tries for Wales were scored in that tournament?

(Yesterday's answer: David Barnes holds the Premiership appearance record for Bath.)

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What has caught Eoin Reddan’s attention?© Getty Images

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December 19, 2011

Festive Countdown - December 19

Posted on 12/19/2011

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!

Check this out
While the temperature plummets in Europe ahead of Christmas, the All Blacks showcased their vast array of skills around the barbecue. Their outrageous video has been reproduced, replicated and attempted the world over, but there's only one team who can really do it justice.

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"I would pay to watch Nick Evans train."
- Harlequins' Conor O'Shea lauds his Kiwi fly-half.

Trivia Time
Q. Which Bath Rugby player holds the club record for the most appearances in the Premiership? (answer to come tomorrow)

(Yesterday's answer: New Zealand beat England 33-22 in final of the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship)

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What is being said between Morgan Parra and George Chuter?© Getty Images

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December 18, 2011

Festive Countdown - December 18

Posted on 12/18/2011

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!

"Can you believe it?!"
The globe-trotting HSBC World Sevens Series often provides a feast for the eye - both on and off the field. And the finale of the 2010-11 season was no exception with South Africa claiming a stunning last-gasp triumph over Australia at the Murrayfield 7s. The Blitzbokke trailed 28-7 and 35-19 but conjured a late rally with Sibusiso Sithole the hero with the title-winning score. Simply phenomenal stuff.

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" I love rugby! Soccer is a bit boring for me but this game is off the hook. It is nuts."
- Britain's Got Talent judge and one-time Baywatch star David Hasselhoff is taken with rugby union whilst working in the UK.

Trivia Time
Q. Who won the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship Final and who did they beat in the title-decider? (answer to come tomorrow)

(Yesterday's answer: New Zealand beat France 37-17 in the pool stages of this year's Rugby World Cup)

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Saracens' Andy Saull and Tom Ryder pack down with The Saturdays© Getty Images

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December 17, 2011

Festive Countdown - December 17

Posted on 12/17/2011

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!

"Nice little right hand there"
All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams caused a bit of a stir during the Rugby World Cup when he lost his shirt and he'll be stripped to the waist once again in a couple of months when he resumes his boxing career. The multi-talented SBW will tackle Richard Tutaki for the New Zealand heavyweight title on February 8 having recorded four straight wins in the ring - the latest of which was against the not-so-formidable Alipate Liava'a. Re-live this 'classic' below...

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"Believe me, if you've played an hour and half of rugby and you've really enjoyed it, you're not going to want to go off and get involved in some gang fight."
- Mayor of London Boris Johnson offers his support to the RFU's touch rugby initiative.

Trivia Time
Q. New Zealand only just edged out France in the Rugby World Cup Final - but what was the score when they beat them in the pool stages? (answer to come tomorrow)

(Yesterday's answer: The most-capped non-Tier 1 international is Romania's Cristian Petre who has 85 Test caps to date)

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Leicester's Manu Tuilagi and Northampton's Chris Ashton share a word after their infamous punch-up earlier this year© Getty Images

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