We take a look back at 25 of the most iconic moments from the world of rugby union in 2013 (in no particular order).
1. The Lions Emerge Victorious
After two cagey tests left the Lions and the Wallabies tied ahead of the final test, Warren Gatland’s men stormed to a 16 – 41 final test victory and consigned Australia coach Robbie Deans to the scrap heap.
2. All Blacks Perfect Season
The All Blacks further solidified their title as the best side in the World having won every game they played in 2013.
Despite having to go off injured in the All Blacks final victorious game of the season, Dan Carter still managed to record his 100th Cap for the All Blacks.
4. Dylan Harley Sent off In Premiership Final
Northampton Saints captain Dylan Hartley gets himself sent off in the Premiership showpiece for bad-mouthing referee Wayne Barnes. The sending off also results in him missing out on the Lions tour of Australia this summer.
5. The Chiefs Retain Their Super Rugby Crown
Despite a couple of stumbles along the way the Chiefs achieve an amazing feat as they retain the Super Rugby crown they claimed in 2012.
6. James O’Connor Dropped from the Wallabies
After one indiscretion too many James O’Connor is eventually dropped by new Wallabies coach Ewan Mackenzie for being escorted drunk from an Australian airpot.
After a disappointing first season back in the Premiership Sale Sharks fly-half Danny Cipriani is hit by a bus during a team pub crawl. The incident has since seen him come back to form and challenge for a place in the England side.
One of the most iconic moments of the Lions tour as winger George North picks up his opposite number Israel Folau during a tackle and carries him up the pitch.
9. Wales Claim the 6 Nations Title
Despite all the pre-match hype surrounding England, Wales absolutely dominate the final test at the Millennium Stadium to claim the 2013 6 Nations crown.
10. Jake White Leaves the Brumbies
Despite guiding the Brumbies to the Super Rugby final Jake White leaves the Australian franchise amid rumours of ARU boardroom indiscretions.
Iconic Wallaby flanker George Smith returns to the Brumbies in such form that he is re-instated into the Wallaby squad and starts in the final Lions test which unfortunately ends with a horrific clash of heads with Richard Hibbard.
12. The Brumbies Beat The Bulls in Pretoria
Despite being the overwhelming favourites the Bulls fell to Jake White’s Brumbies at home in the semi-finals of the Super Rugby tournament with a last-ditch effort by Matt Toomua.
13. The Highlanders Record Their First Victory……in Round 12
Despite looking strong pre-season the Highlanders took until the 12th round of Super Rugby in 2013 to record their first victory of the season.
14. South Africa and New Zealand Play Out Iconic Game
New Zealand and South Africa play out an iconic 80 minutes of rugby in the final round of the Rugby Championship that will go down as one of the greatest games of our generation.
15. European Rugby Plunged Into Doubt
The future of the Heineken Cup is hotly debated with English clubs holding firm on their stance of non-participation in any ERC run competition.
BT Sport begin their Premiership Rugby coverage taking over from previous incumbents Sky.
The failure of Aironi to make any impact on the Pro 12 results in the club being replaced by newly formed Italian Side Zebre.
After an incredible season in the Pro 12 Glasgow Warriors cap if all off as they move into a new stadium ahead of the 2013/14 season.
After Declan Kidney leaves his post as Ireland boss, Leinster supremo Joe Schmidt steps up to take the top job as he looks to re-invigorate a stuttering Ireland side.
Despite much of the pre-match speculation, Leinster rampaged to a 7 – 40 win over Northampton Saints at Franklins Gardens.
21. Connacht Topple Toulouse
Little fancied Connacht scrape to a narrow victory over Top 14 giants and much-fancied favourites Toulouse.
22. Israel Folau Debuts for Australia
Rugby league convert marked his transition into the code at international level with a rampaging performance in the first test against the British & Irish Lions.
23. The Western Force Beat The Reds at Lang Park
The Force managed to one-up the Queenslander’s away at Lang Park despite their under-dog status.
With the draws made the stand-out group includes hosts England as well as Wales and Australia to set-up a group of death.
Both Saracens and Cardiff Blues install artificial pitches at Allianz Park and the Arms Park respectively.