In the lead-up to the Barbarians vs New Zealand game, and in the midst of all the bickering among TRF members after the EOY tour, I think it would good for us rugby fans to reflect on a great year of rugby. In our already awesome sport, 2009 was a humdinger. The rise of the rampaging Spies in the Super 14, the thrill of the irrepressible Elsom in the Heineken Cup, the fulfilled prophecy of O'Driscoll in the Six Nations, the continuation of the a 100 year old rugby brotherhood and battle between the B&I Lions and Springboks, the exposure of a diamond in the form of Brussow during the Tri-Nations, and last but not least, the immortalisation of Richie McCaw. I think we can give rugby a pat on the back on a job well done. We've been kept enthralled and entertained.