10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations match in February, while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
The editor's choice reflects some well known and some not so well known teams, images and people who make the game of rugby what it is.
As ever the images are, with a couple of exceptions, focused on the players but we should not forget the countless thousands in every club and every province who contribute time and money to the game through their support at matches, in the clubhouse and in their community.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Yours in Rugby.