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22 Meter Dropoutthe kick which restarts play after a missed penalty or drop goal passing the end goal line or touched down by a defending player. The ball is kicked back to the original attacking side.
 
Backsthe group of players normally numbered 9 through 15 who do not participate in scrums and lineouts, except for the scrumhalf.
 
Bindingthe careful method players grip and grasp each other to form a secure scrum, ruck, or maul. This is a critical skill to ensure the safety of players.
 
Bledisloe Cupthe annual competition between the national teams of New Zealand and Australia. Now held during the Tri-Nations Competition.
 
Blindsidefrom a set piece, ruck or maul, the short side of the field. Also called the weakside.
 
Breakawayeither of the two forwards wearing No. 6 or No. 7. Also called wing forwards or breakaways they bind to the scrum outside of the locks just behind the outside hip of the props. They can play always on the same side of the scrum or can specialize on either the weakside or strongside. The players with the fewest set responsibilities, their job is to aggresively pursue the ball, gain possesion, and take off running. Also known as Flanker.
 
Capanytime a player plays in a match he/she is technically awarded a cap but the term is mostly used to note the number of official games a player has appeared for his/her national team against another national team. A cap is an honor, there is typically no physical item awarded.
 
Centreeither of the the backs wearing No. 12 (inside) or No. 13 (outside). Powerful runners who are the heart of the back running attack and defense. The inside centre can also be called the 2nd 5/8th.
 
Charge Downthe blocking of a kick by an opposition's player.
 
Chip Kicka short shallow kick usually delivered over the head of an onrushing defender to be quickly retrieved or caught by the kicker or one of his/her supporting players
 
Clearance Kicka kick of the ball to touch which relieves pressure on a side under heavy attack by the opposition.
 
Conversion Kicka kick at the posts after the awarding of a try scoring two points if successful. The kick must be attempted directly from a spot perpendicular to the spot where the try was awarded. Usually taken with a place kick, it can be rushed when the kicker makes a move towards the ball. If taken as a drop kick it is uncontested.
 
Drop Goala kick at the posts taken at anytime a side is close to their own try line. If successful it scores three points but the ball must hit the ground before being kicked.
 
Feedthe rolling of the ball into the scrum by the scrumhalf. Must be straight down the tunnel.
 
Fifteensthe name of the most common game of rugby union featuring fifteen total players per side. Each team consists of 8 forwards and 7 backs playing two halves each 40 minutes long.
 


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