Definition of back row in English:

back row


  • [treated as singular or plural] The forwards who are in the third row in a scrum.

    • ‘The young scrum, the front and back rows especially, has been a revelation and should develop into a fearsome unit given a little time and a following wind.’
    • ‘It's easy to make parallels between the back rows but really a back row is only as good as the forward pack in front of it.’
    • ‘The second row, who looks just as comfortable playing in the back row, was the outstanding forward on the field.’
    • ‘We wanted to tire their tight forwards out, and tie in their back row.’
    • ‘At hooker, scrum-half and in the back row, there are few solid alternatives.’