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High Balla ball kicked very high into the air placing any player attempting to catch it under extreme pressure by on rushing opposition players.
 
Hookerthe frontrow forward wearing No. 2. The player is supported on either side in the scrum by props and is required to gain possesion of the ball in the scrum by hooking or blocking the ball with one of his/her feet. The hooker will normally also be the forward who throws the ball into the lineout.
 
Injury Timeduring a half, the clock is stopped by the referee while any injury is attended to. After the normal half's time has expired (eg. 40 minutes) the continued play afterwards equal to the amount of injury stoppage is called injury time.
 
Inside Centerthe back wearing No. 12. See Centers
 
IRBthe International Rugby Board. The IRB is the ruling body for Rugby Union worldwide and has primary responsibility for setting and adjusting the laws of the sport and running the Rugby World Cup championships for 15s and 7s every four years.
 
Jumpera common name for a rugby jersey. Also the name of a player in a lineout, usually at the 2,4, and 6 positions, jumping to chatch or intercept the throw.
 
Knock Forwardsame as Knock On
 
Knock Onlosing, dropping, or knocking the ball forward from a player's hand resulting in the ball being awarded to the other team in a scrum.
 
Leaguea version of rugby played normally with 13 players under different laws than Rugby Union. The two codes deviated over professionalism and are usually contentious towards each other.
 
Liftingthe act of lifting the lineout jumper into the air in order to more easily catch or intercept the throw.
 
Lineoutthe setplay restarting play after the ball has been taken out or kicked to touch. Both sets of forwards will line up opposite each other with the side with throw calling a play. The throw must be directly down the middle of the two lines.
 
Lockeither of the two forwards normally wearing No. 4 and No. 5. Typically the largest players on the field, they have primary responsibility for being the power in scrums and securing the ball in lineouts. Due to their size, they are also normally powerful forces in all loose play, rucks, and mauls. Also known as Second Row
 
Loose Forwardscommon names for the flankers and No. 8 in a forward pack.
 
Looseheadthe No. 1 prop in a scrum due to his head being outside the opposition's tighthead prop's shoulders. see prop
 
Marka location on the pitch designated by the referee as the location a scrum should come together. Also a word a player will call while catching a kicked ball within his own 22 meter line. If awarded by the referee, that back is awarded a free kick.
 


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