Here at English-podcasts.com we like sport and especially rugby….. but what exactly are we talking about ??? Are you confused ? Do you need help ? Would like to know more ? Don’t worry, this quiz will help to put you in the picture.
Learning about sport is an important way to expand vocabulary and improve your English.
In this wholly unscientific “tongue in cheek” quiz you will see a lot of new vocabulary, learn a little about rugby, think a lot about yourself and have some fun at the same time.
To mark the Rugby World Cup in France 2023 we have chosen 6 positions in a rugby team which need different physical and mental qualities. For each question you can pick a response and at the end you will see which position would best suityour personality……
Before you start take a look these key words:
This is a SCRUM. The term Scrum Master is also used in Agile Management.
This player is scoring a TRY, in other words he is placing the ball over his team’s scoring line. For a successful try the team is awarded 5 points. The team then has the opportunity to add 2 points by “converting” the try which means kicking the ball over bar and the between the posts, like this;
There are 15 positions in a rugby team, each player has a specific role and their names describe what these roles entail. The names may look confusing but try to figure out what they mean. For this quiz we have chosen: the wing, the fly half, the scrum half, the flanker, the loosehead, and the hooker.
Which position in rugby best suits your personality ?
Are you Fast or Furious ? Do you possess strength, endurance or speed
? Take the quiz to match your personality to the best rugby position for you
For real rugby fans, try* (*no pun intended) these other tough rugby knowledge quizzes……
England v Australia rugby quiz
The postponement of the England and France game could be a blow to the former's
chances as they head into the quarter-finals potentially undercooked. England
have not really been challenged so far in this World cup, with the greatest
respect to the teams that they have already played.
That said, the Australians looked poor for most of the pool stage and with six
losses in a row against England, they face an uphill task to
England will certainly fancy their chances in this one but must get off to a
strong start which will knock the confidence of the Aussies and allow them to
All will be seen in the quarter final match on Saturday 19 October.
For now, let's see how much you know about this N°1 of sporting rivalry
Football will be in the news for a month during the World Cup 2022.
Are you able to talk “footy”? Do you know the football jargon that we hear around us in the bars? Take the opportunity this month to go to bars and start up a conversation with other people about the football matches, it’s a great way to improve your English!
In this podcast Sue puts Chris on the spot when she asks him to explain frequent football words and expressions. You’ll hear that they’re not big fans of football but they’ll make the effort for language learning 🙂
Give yourself a pat on the back when you understand what these words mean;
To kick off / The coin toss /
A goalie / to save a goal / to mark a player
To score a hattrick
A foul / a tackle / to get booked / to be sent off/ to get a red card
A peno / a penalty shootout
To park the bus
Extra time vs Injury time
…. and the language of TV football commentators
It’s a game of 2 halves
To put the game to bed
What a beauty !
They’re on the back foot
He’s bottled it
It’s an open goal / It’s an own goal
That’s a blatant handball !
“Football’s coming home” 🙂
Then test your memory with this Flash Quiz.
For those of you who want more, try this World Cup Football Quiz full of great vocabulary and amazing facts to entertain even the most football skeptic.
The Curious Off Side Football World Cup Quiz – Learn English with the Football World Cup 2022
Are you a fan of football ? If you are, you are in for a real football festival, if not, you are in for 4 very tedious weeks !
Whatever your view, it is a world event with billions of viewers for every match.
Some basic facts:
32 national teams which are put into 8 groups of 4 teams.
The 2 top teams of each group will go through to the knockout rounds (quarter finals, semi finals and the final).
The final will take place with an estimated TV audience of over 3 billion.
Each team is allowed a final squad of 23 players (three of whom must be goalkeepers). However, players in the final squad may be replaced due to serious injury up to 24 hours prior to kickoff of the team’s first match, where the replacement players do not need to be in the preliminary squad.
One of the favorites to win is Brazil, and indeed Brazil and Italy have won 9 World Cup titles between them and Brazil. has won 47% of the 19 tournaments held.
But of course here at english-podcasts.com we love the off-the-wall facts and this quiz includes the crazy, unusual aspects of such a world event. So you definitely don’t need to be a football expert to get tops marks in this quiz, just use your imagination and common sense !
So are you ready for kick off ? Get your boots on and let’s get started……
You’ll certainly expand your vocabulary and learn some strange facts along the way.
You’ll find that these questions are great for a pub quiz evening too !
The Curious Offside Football World Cup Quiz
Try this quiz with a friend, there will be plenty to discuss !
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