open-side

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open-side (plural open-sides)

  1. (rugby) the portion of the field which is larger as measured from a scrum or breakdown to the touchline
  2. (rugby) a position in the last row of forwards on that side, more fully open-side flanker, designated with number 7
  3. (rugby) a player in that position
    • 2011 Septembe 24, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 67-3 Romania”, BBC Sport:
      Up front, skipper and open-side Lewis Moody looked almost back to full fitness, while England's set-piece was barely troubled, albeit against a Romania side showing 11 changes from that beaten by Argentina earlier in the week.