Definition of loose head in English:

loose head


  • The forward in the front row of a scrummage who is nearest to the scrum half as the ball is put in.

    • ‘After eight minutes, Sligo suffered a major set-back when their loose head prop was red carded for an infringement at a ruck.’
    • ‘Immediately after the restart, Stockport approached the referee to inform him that their loose head prop could not continue, and the replacement was not an experienced front row forward.’
    • ‘To make matters worse, he invariably ends up facing a fresh loose head that has been introduced by the opposition for the last 20 minutes.’
    • ‘Returning from injury, the loose head set the move in motion then reappeared on the wing to take a scoring pass and dive over for a fine score.’
    • ‘He is so tall that opposite loose heads can get under him and put him in trouble.’


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