show reply count on non-xenforo page


Maybe this is a silly question and can't be done apologies in advance :) I'm wondering is there some simple code i could embed on my front page which is seperate from xenforo so it can show "XXX comments" or display amount of replies from a certain thread for my news section. I already have the news automatically sent to the News Forum, but would like to show amount replied. I'm working on a new design and would prefer users just to use the forums to add comments.