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The best sporting quotes of 2013 - January, February and March

Words of wisdom from the past 12 months

MARCH
Wales roar to Six Nations success
Not since 1978/79 had Wales won back-to-back Nations Championships but 2013 proved to be the year they would do it again and do it in style. After making a dismal start with a home defeat to Ireland, Wales rallied and didn't put another foot wrong. With England matching them stride for stride, the championship came down to the last weekend. If a cagey, low scoring game was expected to follow, Wales did the complete opposite, beating England by their biggest ever scoreline to retain the trophy.

The 100 greatest sporting moments of 2013 - 1-20

We look back at 12 months of unforgettable action

MAY
Bayern, best in Europe
Wembley Stadium played host to the all-German Champions League Final where Bayern Munich righted the wrongs of the previous year's competition by beating Borussia Dortmund 2-1 to claim their fifth title. Arjen Robben's late winner banished the memories of losing two finals in three years, including defeat to Chelsea in their home ground in the 2012 final. The win completed an incredible year for Bayern who also won all of their domestic competitions and led to people proclaiming them as the world's best team.

The 100 greatest sporting moments of 2013 - 21-40

We look back at 12 months of unforgettable action

JULY Superb Murray ends Wimbledon wait
Great Britain came to a virtual standstill for little over three hours on a hot Sunday in July. The 77-year wait for a men's singles Wimbledon champion finally came to an end with a superb display by Andy Murray. In searing summer sunshine, Murray made his fourth championship point count to beat Novak Djokovic in straight sets and sent the 15000 strong crowd into raptures. On realisation of his magnificent achievement, Murray fell to his knees before being handed the historic trophy and seeing his name forever engraved on the Wimbledon honours board. In the women's tournament, France's Marion Bartoli took the title.

The 100 greatest sporting moments of 2013 - 41-60

We look back at 12 months of unforgettable action

SEPTEMBER
Bale's £85m deal
Gareth Bale became the most expensive player in history as Real Madrid's unrelenting pursuit of Tottenham's talisman finally came to fruition. The £85m fee eclipsed that of Bale's new team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo. The Welshman scored 26 goals for Tottenham during the 2012-13 season.

The 100 greatest sporting moments of 2013 - 61-80

We look back at 12 months of unforgettable action

DECEMBER<br/>
Ashes to Ashes<br/>
England managed to lose the urn they had won in the summer in double quick time on their tour of Australia. The hosts took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series as they got the better of England for the first time in seven years. It was a wholly deserved victory for the unfancied Australians who dominated every match as England fell apart.

The 100 greatest sporting moments of 2013 - 81-100

We look back at 12 months of unforgettable action

Perpignan were fighting for their lives and seemed to have secured victory with only three minutes to play when Tommaso Benvenuti’s try gave them a 17-13 lead

Round-up: JJ Hanrahan stars with late, late try for Munster

Munster just don’t know when to give up in the Heineken Cup.

Oxford scrum-half Sam Egerton walks off the Twickenham pitch after becoming the first person to be sent off in the Cambridge v Oxford varsity match

Varsity match winner Sam Egerton becomes the first person to be sent-off after he is deemed to have eye gouged an opponent during Oxford University's victory over Cambridge University

Egerton scored the match-winning try last season and was on the scoresheet again this year before making history in becoming the first player in 132 years to receive a red card

RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie alongside England head coach Stuart Lancaster

Rugby Football Union claims the sport has not been affected by spot-fixing but remains determined in vigilance against corruption

The issue is being raised in all sports following the match-fixing investigations that has rocked English football in recent weeks

Francois Pienaar and Nelson Mandela after South Africa won the 1995 Rugby World Cup

How Nelson Mandela looked to bring unity through sport

The former South Africa president saw sport as an opportunity to bring a divided nation together

Rugby World Cup 2015: Progressive tickets but some nightmarish late kick-off times

Some tickets for the major pool games, including those featuring England, will set you back 41 times the current living wage rate. How on earth will Prince Harry afford it?

Martin Johnson lifts the Webb Ellis Cup in 2003

Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets, venues, fixtures: Prices start low but will soar at the sharp end

England 2015 have announced the full schedule and ticket pricing for the showcase tournament which will see the hosts play away from Twickenham for the first time since 2009

Gareth Steenson has been a key factor in Exeter's impressive rise to the Premiership top four

Gareth Steenson: Saracens will test Premiership play-off contenders Exeter’s standing as ‘a top side’

Gareth Steenson has warned that Premiership play-off contenders Exeter are ready to “push on and achieve more” after positioning themselves strongly for domestic and European success.

Jonny Wilkinson of England kicks the winning drop goal during extra time in the Rugby World Cup Final match between Australia and England at Telstra Stadium in 2003

Rugby World Cup 2003: Jonny Wilkinson recalls 'that kick' against Australia

It is 10-years to the day since England lifted the Webb Ellis trophy

Wales coach Warren Gatland (left) and his assistant Rob Howley talk tactics

Jamie Roberts: Happy 100 to Gats! I owe our coach at Wales a lot and it's a pleasure to work with someone who says it how he sees it

The danger with sides like Tonga is that you chuck the ball around too much

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