French rugby terms
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Rugged French Vocabulary

Rugby football is a popular sport in much of the world, with two major international competitions.

  1. Annual: Six Nations Championship aka Guinness Six Nations:
       le Tournoi des Six Nations
  2. Every four years: Rugby World Cup:
       la Coupe du monde de rugby (√† XV)

Here’s some French vocabulary to help you get the most out of any rugby matches you might watch or play.

rugby le rugby
rugby league le rugby √† XIII
rugby union le rugby √† XV
Team and Players √Čquipe et joueurs
back row/line la troisi√®me ligne
captain un capitaine
center un centre
coach un entra√ģneur
un sélectionneur
first row/line
front row/line
 la premi√®re ligne
flanker un troisi√®me ligne aile
fly-half un demi d’ouverture
forward un avant
fullback un arri√®re
hooker un talonneur
medic un soigneur
number 8 un troisi√®me ligne centre
opposing team une √©quipe adverse
player un joueur
un rugbyman
loose head prop
tight head prop
 un pilier
un pilier gauche
un pilier droit
rugby league player une treiziste
rugby union player un quinziste
scrum half un demi de m√™l√©e
second row/line la deuxi√®me ligne
substitute un rempla√ßant
team une √©quipe
third row/line la troisi√®me ligne
three-quarter un trois-quarts
winger un ailier
Field and Equipment Terrain et √©quipement
10-meter line
10-meter zone
 la ligne des 10 m√®tres
les 10 mètres
22-meter line
22-meter zone
 la ligne des 22 m√®tres
les 22 mètres
dead-ball line la ligne de ballon mort
field, pitch le terrain
halfway line la ligne m√©diane
in-goal area en-but
la zone d’en-but
post le poteau
rugby ball, rugger le ballon ovale
touchline la ligne de touche
try line la ligne de but / d’essai
Periods and Plays P√©riodes et jeux
brawl la bagarre
conversion une transformation
drop goal/kick un drop
forward pass une passe en avant
half-time la mi-temps
knock-on un en-avant
injury time les arr√™ts du jeu
line-out une touche
mark un arr√™t de vol√©e
maul un maul
une mêlée ouverte/spontanée
offside le hors-jeu
pack le pack
pass une passe
place kick le coup de pied plac√©
punt le coup de vol√©e
ruck un regroupement
scrum une m√™l√©e
tackle un plaquage
thuggery la brutalit√©
try un essai
up and under une chandelle
Scoring and Penalties Buts et p√©nalit√©s
goal un but
penalty une p√©nalit√©
red card un carton rouge
yellow card un carton jaune
Verbs Verbes
to make a mark faire un arr√™t de vol√©e
to pack former une m√™l√©e
to play rugby faire du rugby
jouer au rugby
to tackle plaquer
Go French team! Allez les Bleus !
Long live France!
(and the French team)
 Vive la France !

 The world of rugby is referred to in the news as l’ovalie, after the shape of the ball.

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