ESPNscrum Festive Countdown - December 9
Durders gets "owned" and McCaw's entrails
ESPN Staff
December 9, 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!

Durders gets "owned"

This clip of our TV colleague Mark Durden-Smith getting comically smashed by ESPN co-commentator and former England international Ben Kay was worthy of a further airing. The 'tackle' formed part of a coaching clinic from Kay and his fellow analyst Austin Healey which was educational and entertaining at the same time. And yes, they get paid to do this.

Quote Unquote

"He would as soon eat his own entrails as Tweet"
- Greg McGee, the journalist who helped Richie McCaw pen his autobiography, reveals the All Blacks skipper's feelings about the micro-blogging site.

Trivia Time

Who holds the England record for most points in a single Test? 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.

A fitting tribute
"Merv really was a giant in every way, a genuine six feet five with a natural athleticism."
John Taylor pays tribute to his friend - the late, great Wales No.8 Mervyn Davies.

Picture Perfect

We've also trawled the archives for some of the best shots of year for your visual pleasure - here we re-live how Biarritz and Brive traded punches during their Amlin Challenge Cup semi-final clash at the Parc des Sports Aguilera in April.

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