method orig

Documentation for method orig assembled from the following types:

class Match

From Match

(Match) method orig

Returns the original input to the regex engine, which is usually a string, but doesn't need to be (could be anything that can be coerced to a string):

42 ~~ /.+/;
say $/.orig;            # OUTPUT: «42» 
say $/.orig.^name;      # OUTPUT: «Int» 

See method target for a close equivalent that always returns a string.