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Rugby Terminology

An accomplished CPA and Partner at Greene & Company, LLP, in Melville, New York, Adam Greene received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from nearby Hofstra University, where he served as the captain of the rugby team. Although rugby currently ranks as one of the most popular sports in the world, it has yet to establish itself as a viable American sport beyond the collegiate level. For those who are unfamiliar with the game of rugby, here is a short list of terms used in rugby and their meanings.

Knock-on: In rugby, a team can only advance the ball by running with it or kicking it. Players must pass the ball laterally or backwards; otherwise, they incur a forward pass penalty. Similarly, if a player drops the ball forward during any type of play, a knock-on penalty usually follows. The team that committed the knock-on forfeits possession of the ball, with the other team receiving a scrum at the spot of the infraction.

Scrum: Typically the means of restarting play after minor infractions such as knock-ons and forward passes, scrums are one of the most recognizable plays in all of rugby. During the scrum, the eight forwards from both teams bind to one another on opposite sides of the mark or on the spot where the infraction occurred. After engaging with one another under the guidance of the referee, teams will try to push each another back and win control of the ball, which the scrumhalf of the attacking team rolls into the middle of the scrum.

Lineout: When the ball goes out of play or a player holding the ball steps outside the touchlines, the other team is awarded a lineout to restart play. During a lineout, both teams line up in equal numbers, perpendicular to the sidelines. The attacking team must throw the ball from the sideline down the middle of the “channel” between the two teams and attempt to maintain possession with his or her own team. Many teams choose to hoist players in the air to increase their chances of winning the ball in flight.

Conversion: After scoring a try by pressing the ball on the ground in the try zone, teams have a chance to add two more points by kicking a conversion. Similar to the field goal in American football, the conversion requires the kicker to split a pair of upright posts and clear a horizontal bar. Unlike football, which allows kickers to place the ball in the center of the field, rugby requires kickers to attempt a conversion from the vertical line extending from the spot where the try was scored.