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Term Definition
Unionanother name for the most popular form of rugby featuring either 15, 10, or 7 players per side. The local, provincial, or national organizing body for rugby competition is also often called a union.
 
Up and undera 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 called a Garryowen due to the Irish club which originated the play.
 
Wallabiesthe national team of Australia.
 
Weaksidefrom a set piece, ruck or maul, the short side of the field. Also called the Blindside.
 
Webb Ellis Trophythe trophy awarded the mens champions of the Rugby World Cup 15s. Currently held by Australia.
 
Wing forwardeither 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.
 
Wing/Wingereither of the two backs wearing No. 11 or No. 14. Each will normally stay on the same side of the back line they are on throughout the match and are typically expected to be the fastest sprinters in the side. Wingers also have key duties during defense helping the fullback cover kicks and counterattacking.
 


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