The player nominated by a team to lead that team, consult the referee and select options relating to referee decisions.
An illegal type of attack, which usually happens near the goal line, when the attacking team is awarded a penalty or free-kick. At a signal from the kicker, a line of attacking players charge forward from a distance. When they get near, the kicker taps the ball and passes to a player.
The ball is dead when the referee blows the whistle to stop play or following an unsuccessful conversion.
A ball caught without first touching anyone else or the ground.
After being intentionally dropped to the ground from the hand or hands, the ball is kicked as it rises from its first bounce.
Field of play:
The area between the goal lines and the touch lines. Those lines are not part of the field of play.
An illegal type of attack, which usually happens near the goal line, when the attacking team is awarded a penalty or free-kick. The kicker taps the ball and starts the attack, either by driving towards the goal line or by passing to a team-mate who drives forward. Immediately, team-mates bind on each side of the ball-carrier in a wedge formation before engaging the opposition. Often one or more of these team-mates is in front of the ball-carrier.
Towards the opposition’s dead-ball line.
Anything a player does within the playing enclosure that is contrary to Law 9 governing obstruction, unfair play, repeated infringements, dangerous play and misconduct.
Awarded against a team for an infringement or to a team for a mark.
The interval between the two halves of the game.
A permitted action, taken by a ball-carrier to fend off an opponent, using the palm of the hand.
The foot nearest a team’s own goal line in a scrum, ruck or maul.
Holding the ball:
Being in possession of the ball in the hand or hands or in the arm or arms.
An act made by intentionally hitting the ball with any part of the leg or foot, except the heel, from the toe to the knee but not including the knee. A kick must move the ball a visible distance out of the hand, or along the ground.
The method of starting each half of a match and at the beginning of each period of extra-time with a drop-kick.
Kicked directly into touch:
The ball is kicked into touch without first landing on the playing area or touching a player or the referee.
Any device approved by the match organiser to support the ball when taking a place-kick.
When a player loses possession of the ball and it goes forward, or when a player hits the ball forward with the hand or arm, or when the ball hits the hand or arm and goes forward, and the ball touches the ground or another player before the original player can catch it.
A method of suspending play and winning a free-kick by directly catching an opponent’s kick in the catcher’s own 22 or in in-goal and shouting “mark”.
Mark of touch:
An imaginary line in the field of play at right angles to the touchline through the place where the ball is thrown in. The mark of touch cannot be within five metres of a goal line.
Those who control the game, usually consisting of a referee and two assistant referees or touch judges but may also include a television match official and, in sevens, two in-goal judges.
Administrative body responsible for the match which may be World Rugby, a union, a group of unions or any organisation approved by a union or World Rugby.
A phase of play consisting of a ball-carrier and at least one player from each team, bound together and on their feet.
When a player attempting to play is illegally impeded and prevented from doing so.
Players are off their feet when any other part of the body is supported by the ground or players on the ground.
A positional offence meaning a player can take no part in the game without being liable to sanction.
Players are on their feet if no other part of their body is supported by the ground or players on the ground.
The period after a kick-off, restart kick, free-kick, penalty or set piece and before the next phase, or the period between phases of play, excluding when the ball is dead.
A player throws or hands the ball to another player.
Awarded against a team for a serious infringement.
Awarded when, in the opinion of the referee, a try probably would have been scored (or scored in a more advantageous position) if not for an act of foul play by an opponent.
The ball is kicked after it has been placed on the ground (or on an approved kicking tee) for that purpose.
A player holding the ball for a team-mate to place kick.
Plane of touch:
The vertical space rising immediately above the touch line or touch-in-goal line.
The ball is played when it is intentionally touched by a player.
Anything players wear which, to be legal, must conform to World Rugby Regulation 12.
The field of play plus the in-goal areas. The touch lines, touch-in-goal lines and dead-ball lines are not part of the playing area.
The playing area plus a space around it, which is known as the perimeter area.
Actual time, excluding time lost for stoppages (see actual time).
An individual or team in control of the ball or who are attempting to bring it under control.
A player intentionally drops the ball and kicks it before it touches the ground.
The player in a position to receive the ball if it is knocked or passed back from a lineout.
The card shown by the referee to a player to indicate that the player has been permanently excluded from the match.
A player who replaces a team-mate because of injury or for tactical reasons.
The method of restarting play with a drop-kick after a score or a touch-down.
A phase of play where one or more players from each team, who are on their feet and in physical contact, close around the ball, which is on the ground.
Legally using one’s feet to try to win or keep possession of the ball in a ruck.
The method by which the game is restarted following an infringement or stoppage.
A set piece, normally consisting of eight players from each team bound together in formation.
The area in the field of play where a scrum may take place.
A player is shown a red card and is permanently excluded from the match.
Trousers that start at the waist and end above the knees, have an elasticated waist band and/or draw string, and are not attached to the jersey or underwear.
The designated place outside the playing area within which a temporarily suspended player must remain.
An illegal tackle whereby a player uses a stiff arm to strike the ball-carrier.
The method of holding a ball-carrier and bringing that player to ground.
A ball-carrier who is held and taken to ground by a tackler or tacklers.
An opposition player who holds the tackled player and goes to ground.
A group of players, usually 15, who start the match plus any authorised replacements.
When a player throws or passes the ball forward i.e. if the arms of the player passing the ball move forward.
The area alongside the field of play that includes the touchlines and beyond.
The area alongside the in-goal area that includes the touch-in-goal lines and beyond.
A scrum in which the team throwing-in gains possession without contest, with neither team being allowed to push from the mark.
An undergarment, that covers the body from the waist, having short or no legs, ending above the knees, and is worn next to the skin or under clothing, and is not attached to the jersey or shorts.
A body, approved by World Rugby, responsible for the organising and playing of games within a specific geographical area.