What's that mean?

Rugby Terms To Acknowledge:



Drop Kick:

Grubber Kick:


Knock On:






Scissors move:

Sin bin:

Strip the ball:

Tap Kick:

Touch Judge:

Try Zone:
 **Words that are common in Rugby conversation, but are not encouraged to use by Eastern Washington University.
"Advantage" is the period of time after an infringement, in which the non-offending side have the opportunity to gain sufficient territory or tactical opportunity to negate the need to stop the game due to the infringement. The referee will signal advantage with their arm out horizontally, toward the non-infringing team. If no tactical or territorial advantage is gained, the referee will whistle, and give the decision that had been delayed. If sufficient advantage is gained, the referee will call "advantage over", and play will continue. The Advantage Law allows the game to flow more freely, and not stop for every minor infringement.

The narrow side of the pitch in relation to a scrum or a play the ball
Rugby cleats in which the bottom of the shoe is metal. The toe of the cleat is very sturdy.
If a team scores a try, they have an opportunity to "convert" it for two further points by kicking the ball between the posts and above the crossbar - that is, through the goal. The kick is taken at any point on the field of play in line with the point that the ball was grounded for the try parallel to the touch-lines. So it is advantageous to score a try nearer to the posts as it is easier to convert it.The kick can be either a drop kick or a place kick. 
A drop kick is when a player kicks the ball from hand and the ball touches the ground between being dropped and kicked. If a drop kick goes through a goal then it results in a drop goal.
It is a type of kick which makes the ball roll and tumble across the ground, producing irregular bounces making it hard for the defending team to pick up the ball without causing a knock-on. It gives the ball both high and low bounce and on occasions, the ball can sit up in a perfect catching position.
Position #2 on the pitch. Director of the scrum, "hooks" the ball into their own scrum.
It is also called a knock-forward. A knock-on is committed when, in an attempt to play at the ball, a player knocks the ball towards their opponents' dead ball line with their hands or arms and it touches either the ground, or an opposing player. However, the ball may be knocked back. A knock-on results in a scrum with the put-in to the opposition apart from when a knock-on is committed by a player whose team is on their last tackle, when the result is a handover, and apart from if the opposing team gains possession of the ball, which results begins their set of tackles with a zero tackle.
The line-out was a method used to re-start play after the ball had gone into touch. Players from each team would stand in a line perpendicular to the touch line and attempt to catch the ball as it was thrown into the field of play. In 1897 the line-out was abolished and replaced with the punt-out.
When a ball carrier is held up (without being tackled) by both an opposing player and a player from her own team, a maul is then considered formed.The offside line becomes the last foot of the last woman on each side of the maul. Players can only join in from behind that team-mate. Anyone who comes in from the sides will be penalised by the referee. Hands are allowed to be used in the maul. If either team deliberately collapses the maul then that side will be penalised by the referee.If the ball does not come out in a timely fashion, the referee will award a scrum to the team that did not take the ball into the maul.

The field in which Rugby is played on.
A rookie Rugby player. 
The ruck is located between the player playing-the-ball and the defending marker. The ruck exists during the time between a tackle being completed and the subsequent play-the-ball being completed. The ball cannot be interfered with by the marker whilst it is in the ruck, otherwise a penalty will be issued against that player's team. A penalty is also issued against the attacking team if the player responsible for playing-the-ball, does not play it correctly.
A scrum is a way of restarting the game, either after an accidental infringement or (in rugby league only) when the ball has gone out of play. Scrums occur more often, and are of greater importance, in union than in league.a scrum is formed by the players who are designated forwards binding together in three rows. The scrum then 'engages' with the opposition team so that the player's heads are interlocked with those of the other side's front row. The scrum-half from the team that did not infringe then throws the ball into the tunnel created in the space between the two sets of front rowers' legs. Both teams may then try to compete for the ball by trying to hook the ball backwards with their feet.
An attempt to cause a disruption and breach in the defence of the opposing team. The attacking player carrying the ball forward will veer at an angle to their left or right, often drawing with them the defender covering them and sometimes engaging another defender by running towards them.A team mate of the ball carrier will run across and forward in the other direction just behind the ball carrier, receiving a pass as they cross and then running on towards the point of the disruption in the defence.
The notional area where a player must remain for a minimum of ten minutes. In high level games, the sin bin is monitored by the fourth official.
The proper Rugby term for a Referee.
The act of defending players removing the ball from the possession of the attacking player. This is allowed if there is only one defender in contact with the attacker.
A tap kick is a type of kick used by players at penalties or free kicks to meet the regulation that requires the ball must be kicked a visible distance before a player may pass or run with it.In a tap kick, the player momentarily releases the ball from her hands and taps it with her foot or lower leg and then quickly catches it again. The player will then generally try to run forward with the ball.
The touch judge is an official who monitors the touch-line and raises a flag if the ball (or player carrying it) goes into touch. Touch judges also stand behind the posts to confirm that a goal has been scored following a penalty kick or conversion of a try.
Area where points are scored. Each try is worth 5 points.
To sub or fill in a position for another team during one of their games.
When a rookie scores their first try in a game and runs to the try zone and back.
If you have any questions about the Rugby terms page please contact club Treasurer Hope Morrow at: ewuwrugby@gmail.com