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First 5/8ththe back wearing No. 10 who normally recieves the ball from the scrumhalf. Also called the Outhalf, Outside half or 1st 5/8th, he/she will call plays for the backline, pass the ball to other backs, or provide most of the tactical kicks. Also known as Flyhalf.
 
Flankereither 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 Breakaway Forward.
 
Flyhalfthe back wearing No. 10 who normally recieves the ball from the scrumhalf. Also called the Outhalf, Outside half or 1st 5/8th, he/she will call plays for the backline, pass the ball to other backs, or provide most of the tactical kicks. Also known as First 5/8th.
 
Foot Upan offense where a hooker brings his foot into the scrum's tunnel before the ball is fed by the scrumhalf.
 
Forward Passan illegal pass to a player ahead of the ball causing the ball to be awarded to the other team in a scrum.
 
Forwardsthe group of players normally numbered 1 through 8 who bind together into scrums, lineup for lineouts, and committ themselves to most rucks and mauls.
 
Free Kicka 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 Fivea common name for all of the front (props and hooker) and second row (locks) forwards. Also known as Tight Five
 
Front Rowthe common name for the Prop/Hooker/Prop combination at the front of a scrum.
 
Fullbackthe back wearing No. 15 who normally plays deep behind the backline. In offense the fullback is a dangerous attacking position hitting holes unexpectedly at pace, in defense the fullback has primary responsibility for covering all tactical kicks down field by the opposition.
 
Garryowena tactical kick which is popped very high and shallow allowing the kicker and supporting players to easily run underneath it for recovery. The kick is intended to put heavy pressure on any opposition player attempting to catch the ball. Also known as an Up and Under.
 
Grand Slama 6 Nations championship won without any losses or draws.
 
Grubbera kick of the ball which cause the ball to bounce and roll along the ground.
 
Hakaa cultural ceremony display with a chant performed by many Southern Pacific teams as a challenge before a match at the center of the pitch.
 
Halfbackthe back wearing No. 9 who normally feeds the ball into a scrum and retrieves the ball at the base of scrums, rucks, and mauls. Can also be called the Scrumhalf.
 


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