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Rugby either of the forwards at either end of the front row of a scrum



(in Russian, podpora), a slender pole, 3 to 6 m long, having tines or splits at the upper end and made of hardwood (oak, beech, hornbean, ash). Props are placed under the branches of fruit trees at harvest time to prevent the branches from breaking and bending and to prevent the shedding of fruits during winds. The vertical installment of props and the umbrella-like attachment of branches to props are common.


(mining engineering)
Underground supporting post set across the lode, seam, bed, or other opening.


A strong, stiff, vertical structural member or column, usually of wood, stone, or metal, capable of supporting a framing member of the structure above it and/or providing a firm point of lateral attachment. Posts may divide the structural framework of a building into bays. The term post may be preceded by an adjective indicating its location (such as a corner post) or by an adjective indicating its shape (such as a musket-stock post). For definitions and illustrations of specific types of posts, See angle post, chimney post, corner post, crown post, doorpost, flared post, gabled post, gate post, gun-stock post, hanging post, jack post, jamb post, king post, musket-stock post, prick post, principal post,shouldered post, splayed post, sure post, teagle post, wall post.
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Rugby league is not a game for the faint hearted, and the prop stands out as the supreme example of the wide range of skills and abilities which go to make the model, modern rugby league player - the prop forward.
ENGLAND prop forward Jason Leonard has expressed his shock after learning that French opposite number Pieter De Villiers has been ruled out of the RBS Six Nations clash at Twickenham on February 15 after failing a drugs test.
They lined up before the current side met Bramley Buffaloes for a minute's silence to remember the former prop forward.
Prop forwards Nathan Cayless, Craig Smith and Andrew Lomu, who was a replacement for Cayless, have all succumbed to injury, as has winger Matt Utai.
Keith is a big strong forward and, along with Danny Sculthorpe, gives us two young prop forwards who have a lot of belief in themselves.