Rugby World Cup Language Guide

The holy grail of all Rugby events is happening this weekend and we are all super excited. You have guessed it, it’s the Rugby world cup final in Japan! This Saturday, England will play against South Africa to see who will conquer and become 2019 Rugby world cup champions.

With this huge event playing out this weekend, we thought it would be great to present you with the Rugby language guide to get you through this weekend:


A Scrum occurs when the ball is put back into play after an infraction such as a knock-on and each teams’ forwards lock together in a set manner, trying to position the scrum so that the hooker can kick or “hook” the ball back to the number 8 and gain possession for their team.


After scoring a try, the scoring team attempts to kick the ball through the uprights from any point on an imaginary line that runs the length of the field, to where the ball touched down. In Rugby, the conversion is worth 2 points.


A drop goal is worth three points and can be scored at any time during a game by simply kicking the ball through the uprights after it has been dropped and touched the ground.


A try is the rugby equivalent of a touchdown in American football. To achieve a try you have to touch the ball in the zone to get 5 points.


The forwards are a group of players who are normally numbered from 1 to form a lineout and from 8 to form a scrum


The backs are a group of players numbered from 9 to 15 who do not participate in scrums and lineouts, except for the scrumhalf.


From a set-piece (lineout, scrum), ruck or maul the blindside is the short side of the field.

Up-and-Over or Chip Kick:

The up-and-over or chip kick tends to be kicked just high enough to go over the defence with the explicit goal of the kicker, collecting the ball once past the defence.


The hooker is one of the team’s forwards and during the game, the hooker plays in the front row. The position’s name comes from their role of ‘hooking’ or ‘raking’ the ball back with the foot.

Now you’re ready and up to date with the Rugby lingo for this year’s World Cup finals. Enjoy, watch and celebrate this Saturday.

Zahra SAFDARRugby World Cup Language Guide