Glaze overpowering a larger opponent with Flash in support in Nashville, 2016

Glaze overpowering a larger opponent with Flash in support in Nashville, 2016

The language of rugby

Rugby was invented in the 19th century by English school boys that found soccer to be lacking in confrontation.  The English spread it throughout the world and in the early 20th century Americans began morphing the game into football.

With so many influencers over so much time rugby players have developed a language all our own; American players speak our own dialect.  Below is a quick guide to decoding our gibberish.

Pitch- playing field
Boots- cleats/playing shoes
Whoring on- showing up at the last second to play for your team or a team of total strangers, often done to help both teams hit fifteen players
The Sir- game referee
Rugger hugger- significant other/supporter
Kit- equipment, specifically a uniform
Drink up- the postgame party, also known as the social
Zulu- a sacred tradition
Social jersey- a non playing jersey typically reserved for the bar
Bullmoose- a very important and nonsensical drinking game
Stash- collection of shirts from your team and others, often traded post match
Rugby candy- any kind of over the counter pain killer, generally ibuprofen

Rugby Basics

Controlled chaos, elegant violence, a street fight with matching shirts- rugby goes by many names.  It may have to go through to cvs and look like complete madness but the game is quite simple.