As we approach New Year's Eve it is the perfect time to reflect back on the calendar year and review a few of the key Aviva Premiership numbers. Stuart Farmer Media Services combined with the Opta's Statistics are just the ticket to deliver a few records and facts from a busy 2015 of domestic rugby.
Back in May Saracens lifted the Aviva Premiership trophy after coming so close last year by beating Bath Rugby, 28-16. After 22 rounds of action the Northampton Saints had topped the table, for the first time in their history, however they were toppled by Mark McCall's side en route to the final.
Bath Rugby had enjoyed a stellar route to the final, including a prolific 47-10 semif-final victory over the Leicester Tigers. Indeed over the course of their three 2014-15 season meetings against the Tigers they delivered a cumulative score of 109-18.
On Wasps' maiden outing at their new home, the Ricoh Arena, Andy Goode scored 33 points and broke the long-standing record for the most number of points scored by a single player in one match.
Thomas Waldrom finishes the calendar year as the most prolific try-scorer with 12 to his name. The Tank Engine has taken little time to get going in the 2015-16 season however now it is full steam ahead. In Round 7 the Exeter Chief delivered 27 carries against the Sale Sharks and he has made the most carries of any player in the opening 7 rounds, 105.
In 2015 577 players have enjoyed Aviva Premiership game time and two individuals that made 20 appearances for their clubs are Bath Rugby's Matt Garvey and Nick Auterac.
Exeter Chiefs' Will Chudley has started every domestic game since 19 September 2015 and Harlequins' fly-half Nick Evans has accumulated the most points of any player in the calendar year with 208.
Following on from Nick, Northampton Saints' Stephen Myler has amassed 186 and Bath Rugby's George Ford has 152. In the opening seven rounds of the new season, again Nick Evans leads the way, with 109 points scored in his 7 appearances followed by Gareth Steenson who has generated 92 in the same number of games.
Sale Sharks' Dan Braid has started the most Aviva Premiership Rugby games as captain, 17 and Leicester Tigers' Sam Harrison has been on the winning team the most times in 2015.
There are a number of early contenders for the best signing of the 2015-16 season. Frank Halai and Charles Piutau have excelled for Wasps and Nili Latu has done the same for the Newcastle Falcons however one man stands above the rest; Leicester Tigers' Telusa Veainu.
Telusa has made 566 metres, 57 carries and has beaten 26 defenders. The newbie is leading the way in rejuvenated Tigers backline and has feet that some can only dream of!!
Needless to say 2015 was an outstanding year and there is so much to look forward to in 2016. From a domestic perspective we are not even half-way through the season yet and then when you add on all of the International action we are set for another enthralling year of rugby.Suggest a correction