Definition of full back in English:

full back

(US fullback)


  • (in certain team games) a player in a defensive position, playing at the side of the field in soccer and hockey and behind the other backs in rugby.

    • ‘Defense is all the team, it's not just midfielders, fullbacks and the goalkeeper.’
    • ‘Chelsea's preseason has already demonstrated an interesting fluid style of play, utilizing the fullbacks as an attacking quantity, very similar to Bielsa's highly successful Argentinean side in the recent Copa’
    • ‘For Brumbies, tries went to centre Gordon Ephriam and wing Wayne Pharo with fullback Rodney McDonald slotting three penalties.’
    • ‘Silsden retained a their 4-4 - 2 system which allowed fullbacks, Adam Reed and Michael Rhodes to attack down the wings.’
    • ‘I still have to decide who the other fullbacks will be.’
    • ‘The team plays a 4-4-2 system and the team strategy is to encourage and create space to allow the fullbacks to get forward.’
    • ‘Orrell were without first choice fullbacks who were sent home before kick off after suffering a stomach ailment in the dressing room.’
    • ‘A replacement will however have to be found for fullback Ryan Horrman, on provincial duty, and wing Kevin Mattheus, who has an ankle injury.’
    • ‘Then, in an excellent defensive move, Blues fullback Adam Slade stopped another fast break from Baxter with a determined last-minute tackle.’
    • ‘Tight defending by fullbacks kept the tenacious Battyeford side at bay.’
    • ‘One of the league's best blocking fullbacks and an improving runner, Christian missed the final two games in 1998 and all of the playoffs after tearing the ACL and MCL in the same knee.’
    • ‘I've had the opportunity to see him in the flesh twice and his pace down the left (although stunted a little by injury a few years back) still has the knack of roasting opposing fullbacks.’
    • ‘This new kicking repertoire has seen fullbacks covering lots of ground in short amounts of time.’
    • ‘The fullbacks and wingers simply double up on Arsenal's two wingers, leaving the Central defenders one task, marking the two strikers.’
    • ‘New signing Stuart Calvers made an impressive start and veteran fullback Martin Potts popped over his customary drop goal.’
    • ‘Tamatea High School halfback Sami Lauano cleared the ball well and had a high defensive workrate while fullback Kris Alexander was another to shine in the winning backline.’
    • ‘Again Rankin failed with the easy conversion and Jed at last found some glimmer of hope when fullback Kevin Amos struck a fine penalty goal from 35 metres.’
    • ‘With a sleek line they were still able to score a single try and four penalties coming from fullback Tisel Jayawardena's toe.’
    • ‘The fullback kicked six penalties, but missed four shots at goal as well as missing touch regularly and with ball in hand he never looked anything like the player of the past.’
    • ‘Arnside gave away a penalty, but they gained a draw thanks to an own goal by Galgate fullback Kevin Voyle.’
    back, sweeper
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