RUGBY TERMS
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A great advantage to living in Wales is that we get so much rugby on TV. Much of it is on the Welsh language channel S4C and in Welsh so I thought a list of Welsh rugby terms would be useful.

One of the earliest users of natural-sounding Welsh terms in rugby articles was Dr Gwent Jones of Swansea. He resisted transliterating English terms into Welsh and substituted 'cefnwyr' for 'bacs' for example and other terms followed suit.
The terms were popularised by Eic Davies and the players and spectators soon began to use the terms too.

Also see my Rugby Teams in Welsh page

A list of more Welsh sporting terms can be found at this link: Sporting terms pdf

Print-ready - English-Welsh Worldlist
Print-ready - Welsh-English Wordlist

Here's a list of some of the rugby terms:

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English word
Welsh word
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advantage
mantais
*
captain
capten
*
centre (player)
canolwr
*
coach
hyfforddwr
*
commentary
sylwebaeth
*
commit a foul
cyflawni trosedd
*
conversion
trosiad
*
convert
trosi
*
converted try
trosgais
*
crossbar
trawst
*
dead-ball line
y ffin gwsg
*
drop-goal
gl adlam
*
drop-kick
cic adlam
*
fair play
chwarae teg
*
fair tackle
tacle deg
*
first half
hanner cyntaf
*
flanker
blaen asgellwr
*
English
Welsh
pronounce
fly-half
maswr
*
(the)forty minutes
y deugain
*
forward (player)
blaenwr
*
foul
trosedd
*
front row
rheng flaen
*
full-back
cefnwr
*
full time
terfynol
*
gain an advantage
cael mantais dros
*
gain possession
ennill y mediant
*
gap
bwlch
*
Grand Slam
Camp Lawn
*
grubber kick
cic bwt
*
half-backs
haneri
*
half time
egwyl
*
halfway line
llinell hanner
*
handling error
cam drafod
*
heel/s (noun)
sawdl/sodlau
*
heel (verb)
sodli
*
home crowd
tyrfa gartref
*
hooker
bachwr
*
English
Welsh
pronounce
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