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1. A knock- on may occur anywhere in the playing area.

2. It is a knock-on when a player, in tackling or attempting to tackle an opponent, makes contact with the ball and the ball goes forward. Sanction: Scrum.

3. A player must not intentionally knock the ball forward with hand or arm.
Sanction: Penalty.

4. It is not an intentional knock-on if, in the act of trying to catch the ball, the player knocks on provided that there was a reasonable expectation that the player could gain possession.

5. The ball is not knocked-on, and play continues, if:

a. A player knocks the ball forward immediately after an opponent has kicked it (charge down).
b. A player rips or knocks the ball from an opponent and the ball goes forward from the opponent’s hand or arm.