7 weeks of rugby, 7 rugby expressions explained

With 7 weeks of World Cup rugby coming to a close, the ladies at the conference and events department of Leicester Tigers, England’s top rugby team and conference venue have put together a glossary of a few useful rugby expressions and their meanings. To help you further, they have also added a meetings industry perspective on each of the expressions.

WEEK 1. MARK

To mark a ball in rugby union, the player must be inside his own team’s twenty-two metre line. The mark is performed by a player (normally the Full Back), making a clean catch and shouting “Mark!”. Once a mark is made, the marking player may not be tackled and then has up to one minute before the defensive player restarts the game by kicking the ball as far up field as they can.

In a meeting, a meeting participant who is asked a question might choose to use the words “That’s a very good question” as they ponder the response. This buys them a minute without being tackled by other delegates.

Don’t forget to mark the dates for our next fam visit to the stadium that includes match day hospitality. If you would like to join us, please email conferenceandevents@tigers.co.uk

WEEK 2. THE HOOKER

Contrary to public opinion, the hooker is the rugby player positioned between the two props in the scrum. After the scrumhalf has put the ball into the scrum, the hookers use their feet to “hook” the ball back and win possession for their team. Hookers generally have a short back and long arms to aid in binding to the props. When the opposition is putting the ball into the scrum, the hooker will either attempt to win the ball or try to disrupt the scrum.

Meetings are full of hookers. A particular delegate, not necessarily the manager, but someone capable and strong enough to drive the meeting’s objectives forward and support and encourage others to push the discussions and create the right results. When the meeting saboteurs arrive, this delegate will stop them in their tracks.

Don’t forget our hook – All new business bookings taken during the world cup period, will receive a complimentary upgrade to a rugby themed additional cake break. To book, please email conferenceandevents@tigers.co.uk

WEEK 3. THE SCRUM

In rugby union a scrum is a means of restarting play after a minor infringement. It involves up to eight players from each team, known as the pack or forward pack, binding together in three rows and interlocking with the free opposing teams forwards. At this point the ball is fed into the gap between the two forward packs and they both compete for the ball to win possession. Teams can be penalised for intentionally causing the scrum to collapse, and for not putting the ball into the scrum correctly. A scrum is most commonly awarded when the ball is knocked forward, or passed forward, or when a ball becomes trapped in a ruck or maul.

You’ve probably attended a meeting that looks like a scrum. You know, the one where it’s every person for themselves. Orderly chaos, seemingly no common goal, but when the ball comes out at the back, everybody just runs !!

So join the scrum for our Christmas parties. Amazing events for you and your clients. Places are limited, so make sure you don’t miss out. To book, please email conferenceandevents@tigers.co.uk

WEEK 4. GOING DOWN THE BLIND SIDE

The blindside is the area of the pitch with the least amount of space and will always vary. If there is a scrum near the left side of the pitch, the blindside will be the space between the scrum and the touch line of the left wing area whilst everything on the right side will be open side as it has the largest area of free space. Normally, the ball will leave the scrum and be passed from player to player down the largest area of the pitch, the “openside”.  Sometimes, the scrum half, the player responsible for getting the ball out of the scrum, will decide to “go down the blindside” and will pass the ball to the player on the blindside.  This is done to try and surprise the opposition and to do something completely different that what would be expected in order to gain a competitive edge.

The best reward and motivational meetings will also have an element of surprise to them. A celebrity guest speaker, an unexpected pit stop for food & drinks en route to and from the meeting. A beautiful location or amazing setting.

Event planners organising meetings at Leicester Tigers, can always use some of our unexpected surprises. An England player turning up to present the awards, or a tour of the changing rooms, A team building activity on the pitch or an exclusive cocktail party off it. Whatever surprise you are looking for, surprise us and call us now.

WEEK 5. NICE TACKLE

A player may tackle an opposing player who has the ball by bringing them to ground. Once tackled, a player must immediately release the ball, either by passing to a team mate or placing it on the ground, and the tackler must release them and move away. After the ball has been released by a tackled player, players from either side may try to regain possession of the ball. Tacklers cannot tackle above the shoulder (the neck and head are out of bounds), and the tackler has to attempt to wrap their arms around the player being tackled to complete the tackle. It is illegal to push, shoulder-charge, or to trip a player using feet or legs, but hands may be used (this being referred to as a tap-tackle. Tackles that involve lifting a player and then forcing or dropping them to the ground head first (called a tip tackle or spear tackle) have been deemed particularly dangerous. A player performing this sort of tackle would typically be sent-off.

The main objective of the player being tackled is to keep possession of the ball. They will try to keep on their feet until teammates arrive in support. If brought to ground, they can immediately pass the ball (offload) or place it on the ground in a position advantageous to their team. The supporting teammates can continue running the ball or form a ruck or maul.

Leicester Tigers have a great range of nice tackle to ensure your conference or event is successful. From the newly refurbished suites to the brand new “Club House” stand complete with floor to ceiling windows, a Tigers event is a successful event.

Tackle us with your challenges and we will deliver you a winning event. For more details, please contact conferenceandevents@tigers.co.uk

WEEK 6. THE PROPS

The props “prop up” the hooker in the scrum. They form part of the front row of the scrum and push against the opposition’s props. The loosehead prop is positioned to the left of the hooker and his head will be on the outside of the scrum when it engages. The tighthead is to the right of the hooker with his head positioned between the opposition hooker and the opposition loosehead prop. The prop’s main role is to provide stability at the scrum and support the hooker in quickly winning the ball. At the line-out, the prop’s role is to support the jumper as they compete for the ball. They are usually positioned at the front of the line-out with a jumper in between them. They are also often involved in lifting jumpers when receiving kick-offs. While scrummaging is still seen as their main responsibility, modern props are also expected to contribute in attack and defence.

Famous props at some conferences and events include balloons to try and instill a winning feeling in the delegates, extra desserts to increase delegate motivation and a magician to increase the feeling of being part of one incredible team.

At Leicester Tigers, delegates just need to walk through the front door to see a full trophy cabinet with the Gold and Silver championship cups , step out onto the hallowed pitch before the conference and visit the imposing changing rooms for a behind the scenes tour to know that they are a motivated winning and successful group of delegates.

WEEK 7. THE TRY

A try, worth five points, is scored when the ball is touched to the ground in the area between the opposition’s try line and before the dead ball line (the “in goal”). A player can score a try by carrying the ball into the in goal and then touch it to the ground while holding on to it. No downward pressure is required, but the player must be holding the ball in at least one of their hands or at least one of their arms. If the ball lands in the opposition’s in-goal, usually as a result of a kick or the opposition losing possession, a player can score by applying downward pressure with their hands, their arms, or the front of their body. In this situation, if the player is outside the field of play when they touch the ball, a try is still scored.

Leicester Tigers want you to try their incredible new conference & events space, “The Club House”. As an introductory special offer, we are delighted to announce #TryUsLive, your opportunity to benefit further from booking our facilities. For all new bookings between 1st November and 31st of March 2016 that you book, you will receive one complimentary ticket for match day hospitality in “The Clubhouse” for every 10 delegates.

#TryUsLive is a great opportunity to experience for yourself the service, style and excellent facilities at the largest conference facilities of their kind in the area and we would love to hear from you. For more details, please try us now by calling us on 0116 217 1280.

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