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- an ordered formation of players, used to restart play, in which the forwards of a team form up with arms interlocked and heads down, and push forward against a similar group from the opposing side. The ball is thrown into the scrum and the players try to gain possession of it by kicking it backwards towards their own side.
verb (scrums, scrumming, scrummed)[no object] Rugby
late 19th century: abbreviation of scrummage