Rugby Inspired Dog Names

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For those who are diehard fans of rugby, few names will be as suitable for their dogs as those which are inspired by the sport itself. While they may not be household names in the United States, there are plenty of notable players who have come to fruition and gained significant notoriety in the professional era, let alone those who came before it. Even those without favorite players can still enjoy rugby-themed names, as there is a veritable glossary of sport-specific terms, jargon, and slang that are equally as unique as the sport itself — which should match the individuality of the dogs that will pay tribute with their namesakes. 

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Rugby Inspired Dog Name Considerations

To find your dog an apt rugby-themed name, we suggest starting by making a list of their most apparent and notable traits, whether they are related to their personality, quirks, or aesthetic qualities, as it will act as the easiest point of reference and inspiration. 

The easiest method is simply giving them the name of your favorite player. But for those looking to dive a bit deeper in meaning and context, consider trying to match them up with a player who shares traits in their play-style. For instance, for dogs that are particularly fast, the names Sergio, Parisse, Habana and Howlett would be suitable, as all three players were well-known for their quickness on the field. For dogs who are big and muscular, Jonah and Lomu would work (as well as several others), as he was known for his intimidating figure. 

Of course, if you’d like to stay more generic, consider using a rugby term instead, as there are plenty that offer some clever overlap in the naming process. For example, for a dog that likes to roll and tumble, Grubber would be a great name. For a dog that has a long and large stride, Goose would be perfectly suitable. For a dog that’s always getting into trouble, Sinbin would be a fantastic choice. 

There are plenty of ways to go, so don’t hesitate to hit the ground running and take the naming process head on, just like those who you may be naming them after. 

Male Rugby Inspired Dog Names

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McCaw
After Richie McCaw, who has won a massive 148 caps, a world record
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Jonah
After Jonah Lomu, who helped popularize the sport in the 1990s
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Sergio
After Sergio Parisse, who debuted at 18 years old
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Horan
After Tim Horan, who emerged as one of the youngest stars in the 1991 Rugby World Cup
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Gregan
After George Gregan, the Zambian who won 139 caps
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Matfield
After Victor Matfield, the Man of the Match in the 2007 Rugby World Cup final
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Smit
After John Smit, one of the best captains of the professional era
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Schalk
After Schalk Burger, one of the game's most physical and accomplished flankers
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Burger
After Schalk Burger, a Springboks legend
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Gethin
After Gethin Jenkins, Wales' most capped player ever
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Jenkins
After Gethin Jenkins, who revolutionized the loose-head prop role
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Larkham
After Stephen Larkham, who helped lead Australia to their '99 World Cup win
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Howlett
After Doug Howlett, the speedy All Blacks wing with a record 49 tries
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Montgomery
After Percy Montgomery, a Springboks master scorer
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Spencer
After Carlos Spencer, one of the best fly-halfs in the history of the game
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Serge
After Serge Blanco, one of the most skillful fullbacks in the sport's history
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Droppy
As in Drop Goal, a goal scored by drop-kicking the ball
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Owen
As in Gerry Owen, a high short kick that allows pressure on the receiver or self-reception
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Grubber
Often used an attack move; a kick that produces a bouncing/rolling ball
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Ruck
When at least three players try to push for possession of the ball
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Scrum
When the ball is put back into play and players interlock in attempts to kick the ball into their possession
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Biff
A fight or fighting
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Bomb
AKA an up and under or Gerry Owen, a high kick meant for self-retrieval
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Crusher
A rough and dangerous tackle in which a downed player's chin is forced into their chest
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Prop
Players usually numbered 8 and 10, the largest on the field who act as enforcers
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Rook
Someone with vast rugby knowledge
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Spear
A penalized and dangerous tackle in which an opposing player is lifted and slammed on their head, neck or shoulders
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Strike
The use of the foot or feet to attempt to gain possession during a scrum
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Test
An international rugby match with full status; sanctioned
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Blax
As in the All Blacks, New Zealand's beloved international team

Female Rugby Inspired Dog Names

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Carter
After Dan Carter, who leads international rugby in most points scored
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Driscoll
After Brian O'Driscoll, Ireland’s 46-touchdown record try scorer
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Lomu
After Jonah Lomu, who broke records in the Rugby World Cup
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Joost
After Joost van der Westhuizen, one of the best running scrum-halfs ever
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Parisse
After Sergio Parisse, who had size, strength, speed and hands Italy needed
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Eales
After John Eales, who was nicknamed "Nobody" because "Nobody's perfect" aptly reflected his career
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Habana
After Bryan Habana, a speedster who scored a massive 64 Test tries
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Zinzan
After Zinzan Brooke, who landed a 40-meter drop goal in the World Cup semi-final
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Brooke
After Zinzan Brooke, a dynamic Kiwi in nearly all facets of the game
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DuPreez
After Fourie du Preez, a masterful tactician of the game
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Fourie
After Fourie du Preez, one of South Africa's most important players
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Dallaglio
After Lawrence Dallaglio, a fantastic all in one player
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Cullen
After Christian Cullen, who was nicknamed the Paekakariki Express for his prolific scoring ability
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Giteau
After Matt Giteau, one of the game's naturals in terms of overall ability
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Percy
After Percy Montgomery, top scorer in the 2007 World Cup
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Campese
After David Campese, one of the most prolific and tenured players ever
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Cap
A term for a test match; an officially sanctioned match will award each participating player a cap per game played
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Banana
As in banana kick, a medium-length kick meant to be somewhat unpredictable
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Crash
As in crash tackle, another name for a crash ball
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Falcon
When the ball comes in contact with a person's head; usually unintentional
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Goose
As in goose step, a style of running with high legs used to slow a defender and prevent a tackle
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Haka
The traditional Maori dance performed before New Zealand's international matches
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Placer
Players who hold the ball in place for a kick
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Scramble
The state of the defense following a break
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Sinbin
The rugby equivalent of the penalty box
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Steeden
The producer of rugby balls, so synonymous they are nearly interchangeable
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Umbrella
As in umbrella defense, a close-knit defense vulnerable on the edges
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Wing
Usually the fastest players on the team who play on the fringes
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Zambuk
Medical dressings used in earlier years before trainers handled injuries
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Maul
When teammates bind to the ball-carrier

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