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What does 'fifth phase' mean in Rugby?



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when a player in rugby union is tackled with the ball they try to recycle it i.e. give it to their team mates, either via a ruck (if the ball is on the ground) or via a maul (if the ball is held in the air) if the player does this successfully it is known as a phase. The 5th phase is the 5th time the ball has been recycled without the opposition getting their hands on the ball or play being stopped by the referee.