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Name a Rugby Union forward (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

rupert

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Here is my best explanation:

'name' is the definition.
Both the definition and answer are singular nouns.
Perhaps they are linked in a way I don't understand?

'a rugby union forward' is the wordplay.
'a rugby union' becomes 'ru'.
'forward' becomes 'pert' (I've seen this before).
'ru'+'pert'='RUPERT'

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