Definition of loose scrum in English:

loose scrum

(also loose scrummage)


  • A scrum formed by the players round the ball during play, not ordered by the referee.

    • ‘South Africa began their comeback a minute later when Jon caught Italy napping, breaking through a loose scrum for a try.’
    • ‘Effective charging possession play from the players set up a loose scrum to the right of the Heriot's posts, and the scrum-half punched though a gap in the Heriot's defence to dive over.’
    • ‘There are two variations of the scrum that occur during "loose play" (called, not surprisingly, a loose scrum).’