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Pushover Trya try scored by the forward pack as a unit in a scrumdown by pushing the opposition's scrum pack backwards across the tryline while dragging the ball underneath them. Typically scored from a 5 meter scrum, the try is usually awarded when the No. 8 or scrumhalf touch the ball down after it crosses the try line.
 
Refereethe sole judge and timekeeper of the game.
 
Restartthe kick restarting play after a half or after points are scored.
 
Rucktypically after a runner has come into contact and the ball has been delivered to the ground once any combination of at least three players have bound themselves a ruck has been set. The primary difference from a maul is that the ball is on the ground.
 
Ruggercolloquial name for a the game.
 
RWCshort for Rugby World Cup. Tournaments played every four years for mens 15s, womens 15s, mens 7s, U-21 men, and U-19 men.
 
Scrumthe formation used in the setplay restarting play after a knock-on or forward pass. The forwards from each side bind together and then the two packs come together to allow the scrumhalf with the feed to deliver the ball to the scrum. A scrum can also be awarded or chosen in different circumstances by the referee.
 
Scrumdownthe coming together of the scrum.
 
Scrumhalfthe 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 halfback.
 
Scrummagingthe process of setting and completing a scrum
 
Second 5/8theither of the the backs wearing No. 12 (inside) or No. 13 (outside). Powerful runners they are the heart of the back running attack and defense.
 
Second roweither 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 Lock.
 
Sevensa form of rugby union invented in Scotland and played with only seven total players, usually three forwards and four backs. Each half typically last only 7 minutes but can be longer. Games are almost always played during tournaments.
 
Six Nationsthe annual tournament from January through March between the national men's teams of England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France and Italy
 
Springboksthe national team of South Africa
 


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