ESPNscrum Festive Countdown - December 6
All Blacks sink to new depths and Cornish pride
ESPN Staff
December 6, 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!

Under the sea

Not content with being the undisputed No.1 rugby side in the world, the All Blacks tried their hand at some underwater rugby. Portugal and Spain tried to conquer the oceans during the 'Age of Exploration' and now it seems that the All Blacks are not content with ruling on land, they are also keen on dominating the depths. Playing alongside the Wharenui water polo team, Conrad Smith, Zac Guildford and and Adam Thomson gave a different type of rugby a go.

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"Suffice for me to say he's so exceptional I'd pay to watch him train"
- Harlequins boss Conor O'Shea waxes lyrical about fly-half Nick Evans

Trivia Time

France's Wesley Fofana grabbed headlines earlier in 2012 for his impressive record of scoring in his first four Tests for Les Bleus - but which player has scored tries in the most consecutive matches since his debut? 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.

'I'd come out of retirement just to play there'
"Had I had a place on my doorstep which was hosting Premiership rugby, then I'd have been going down there all the time"
Phil Vickery on the Stadium for Cornwall

Picture Perfect

We've also trawled the archives for some of the best shots of year for your visual pleasure - here we have Ruan Pienaar posing with some Ulster supporters after he helped guide them into the Heineken Cup final with an assured performance against Edinburgh back in April 28, 2012.

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