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prop

A device of sturdy material used to support or hold something in place.

mouth prop

A metal or rubber device inserted between the jaws to maintain the mouth in an open position. Synonym: bite block
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They lined up before the current side met Bramley Buffaloes for a minute's silence to remember the former prop forward.
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.
IT'S not often you see 18-stone prop forwards knocking over goals from the touchline.
The lady announcer at the Lionheart Stadium (it will always be Post Office Road to me) had prepared excellently, and did a superb job on the public address system with the Workington Town team, especially those two troublesome prop forwards Taani Lavulavu and John Tuimaualuga.