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Forming a lineout

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9. A lineout is formed on the mark of touch.

10. Each team forms a single line parallel to and half a metre from the mark of touch on their side of the lineout between the five-metre and 15-metre lines. The gap between the lines must be maintained until the ball is thrown in.
Sanction: Free-kick.

11. A minimum of two players from each team are required to form a lineout.

12. Teams form the lineout without delay.
Sanction: Free-kick.

13. The team throwing in determines the maximum number of players that each team may have in the lineout.

14. Unless the throw is taken as soon as the lineout is formed, the non-throwing team may not have more players (but may have fewer players) in the lineout than the throwing team.
Sanction: Free-kick.

15. The non-throwing team must have a player between the touchline and the five-metre line. The player stands two metres from the mark of touch on their team’s side of the lineout and two metres from the five-metre line.
Sanction: Free-kick.

16. If a team elects to have a receiver, the receiver stands between the five-metre and the 15-metre lines, two metres away from their team-mates in the lineout. Each team may have only one receiver.
Sanction: Free-kick.

17. Once the lineout is formed, players:

a. From the team throwing in may not leave the lineout other than to change positions with other participating players.
b. From the non-throwing team may leave the lineout only to ensure that they do not have more players than the opposition.

Sanction: Free-kick.

18. Participating players may change places in the lineout before the ball is thrown.

19. Players in the lineout who are going to lift or support a team-mate jumping for the ball may pre-grip that team-mate providing they do not grip below the shorts from behind or below the thighs from the front.
Sanction: Free-kick.

20. Players must not jump or be lifted or supported before the ball has left the hands of the player throwing in.
Sanction: Free-kick.

21. Players must not make any contact with an opponent before the ball is thrown in.
Sanction: Penalty.