DISCOVER THE VOCABULARY OF RUGBY

Why is it better to be tap tackled than high tackled?Our rugby glossary provides you with colourful definitions of the terms used in this sport.

Welcome to the land of rugby! A land where high kicks rain down on you and where you must avoid choke tackles to reach the promised land. If you are new to the sport, you'll realise that its vocabulary is as rich as all the things it has to offer. Here is our glossary of this wonderful contact sport and its many terms and expressions.

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22 metres
3/4
8-9
a
Advantage
b
Backs
Ball
Ball carrier
Back row
c
Centre
Clear out
Conversion
d
Dribbling
Drop
f
Full-back
Forwards
Feint
Fly half
h
High kick
Half-back pairing
High tackle
Hand-off
Hook
Hooker
i
In-goal
k
Kicking for goal
Knock-on
Kicking for touch from a penalty
Kicking tee
l
Lineout
m
Mixing it up
Mark
Maul
Miss pass
o
Offside
Offload
Ovalie
Offload
Open play
p
Punt and drop kicks
Pack
Penalty
Pick and go
Prop forward
r
Reverse pass
Rugby union fan
Ruck
Rugby league fan
s
Sidestep
Switch pass
Scrum half
Second row
Screening
Scrum
Switch the play
Sevens fan
Support
t
Try-scoring pass
Tap tackle
Try
Tackle
Touch
w
Winger
Winning the ball

Now that you know a lot more about rugby vocabulary, can you switch play from a maul to a clearing kick? Tell us if you like our glossary and share your favourite rugby union expressions with us!

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