Rugby Glossary – A Dictionary of Rugby Terms

Drop Goal – a kick between the posts by an attacking side which, if successful, scores three points. It differs from a punt in that the ball must hit the ground before being kicked.

Drop Out – the way play is re-started, using a drop-kick, after the defending side has touched the ball down behind its own try-line or when the ball has gone out over the dead-ball line.

Dummy – a feigned pass intended to deceive an opponent about to make a tackle.

Eagles – the national team of the United States of America

Ellis, William Webb – the person, as a student at Rugby School, credited with inspiring the modern game of rugby football in 1823, although the famous story of the incident where he “picked up the ball and ran” did not emerge until four years after his death.

Feed – the rolling of the ball into the scrum by the scrum-half.

Foot Up – an offence where a hooker brings his foot forward before the ball is put in by the scrum-half.

Forward Pass – all passes must go backwards, and this is an illegal pass where the ball goes forwards. The penalty is a scrum in favour of the other side.

Forwards – the group of players normally numbered 1 through 8 who bind together into scrums, line up for line-outs, and commit themselves to most rucks and mauls.

Free Kick – an uncontested kick awarded to a team usually for a minor penalty by the other team. The kick cannot be taken directly at the posts except by a drop goal.

Front Five – a common collective name for the front (props and hooker) and second row (locks) forwards. Also known as Tight Five

Front Row – the common name for the prop/hooker/prop combination at the front of a scrum.

Garryowen – see Up and Under. Named after the Irish club which originated the play.

Grand Slam – a Six Nations championship won without any losses or draws.

Grubber – a kick of the ball which causes the ball to bounce and roll along the ground.

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