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8. Where the game is restarted with a lineout and which team throws in is determined as follows:

a. General

Event Location of the mark of touch Who throws in
The ball-carrier goes into touch. Where the player touches the touchline or the ground beyond it. The opposition.
A player unintentionally knocks,  passes or throws the ball into touch. Where the ball reaches the touchline. The opposition.
The ball hits a player and goes directly into touch. Where the ball reaches the touchline or at the point on the touchline closest to where the ball hit the player, whichever is nearer to that player’s goal line. The opposition.
The ball hits a player and it bounces into touch. Where the ball reaches the touchline. The opposition.
A player, who is in touch, picks up a moving ball. Where that player is standing. Whoever would have thrown in if the ball had continued to the touch line.
A player who is in touch picks up a stationary ball. Where that player is standing. The opposition.

b. Ball is kicked directly into touch from a kick-off or restart kick

Event Location of the mark of touch Who throws in
The ball goes directly into touch from a kick-off or restart kick following a score. If the touch option is taken, the throw is where the ball reaches the touchline or on the half-way line, whichever is nearer to the kicker’s goal line. The non-kicking team.
The ball goes directly into touch from a 22 drop-out. If the touch option is taken, the throw is where the ball reaches the touchline or on the 22-metre line, whichever is nearer to the kicker’s goal line. The non-kicking team.

c. Ball is kicked from a penalty

Event Location of the mark of touch Who throws in
A player kicks the ball into touch (either directly or first bouncing in the field of play or hitting a player or the referee). Where the ball reaches the touchline. The kicking team.
A player, who is in touch, catches the ball irrespective of whether the ball has reached the touchline. Where the ball reaches the touchline or, if the ball hasn’t reached the touchline, where the player catching the ball is standing. The kicking team.
A player, who is in touch, picks up a moving ball that has not reached the touchline. Where that player is standing. The kicking team.

d. Ball is kicked directly into touch from within own 22 or in-goal

Event Location of the mark of touch Who throws in
  No gain in ground  
  The defending team took the ball into their 22, no tackle, ruck or maul took place and no opponent touched the ball within the 22.  
A player kicks the ball directly into touch. Where the ball reaches the touchline or on the touchline in line with where the ball was kicked, whichever is nearer to the kicker’s goal line. The non-kicking team.
An opposition player, who is in touch, catches the ball. Where the ball reaches the touchline or on the touchline in line with where the ball was kicked, whichever is nearer to the kicker’s goal line. The non-kicking team.
  Gain in ground  
  Either the defending team did not take the ball into their 22 or a tackle, ruck or maul took place within the 22 or an opponent touched the ball within the 22.  
A player kicks the ball directly into touch. Where the ball reaches the touchline. The non-kicking team.
An opposition player, who is in touch, catches the ball. Where the ball reaches the touchline. The non-kicking team.
A player kicks the ball from a free-kick awarded within the 22. Where the ball reaches the touchline. The non-kicking team.

 

 

 

 

 

e. Ball is kicked directly into touch from outside the 22

Event Location of the mark of touch Who throws in
A player kicks the ball directly into touch from open play or from a freekick. Where the ball reaches the touchline or on the touchline in line with where the ball was kicked, whichever is nearer to that player’s goal line. No gain in ground. The non-kicking team.

f. Lineout options

Event Location of the mark of touch Who throws in
Following an incorrect throw. Where the original lineout took place. The opposition.
Following a disallowed quick throw. Where the formed lineout would have taken place if the quick throw had not been taken. The opposition.
Following an incorrect quick throw. Where the incorrect throw was taken. The opposition.
Following the ball going into touch from a knock-on or throw forward. Where the ball reached the touchline. The opposition.
From a penalty or free-kick awarded for a lineout infringement. Where the original lineout took place. The opposition.