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Offside at a lineout

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29. All lineout players are onside if they remain on their side of the mark of touch until the ball has been thrown in and touched a player or the ground.

30. Players jumping for the ball who cross the mark of touch and do not catch the ball must immediately return to their own side.

31. Until the ball is thrown in, and has touched the player or the ground, the offside line for lineout players is the mark of touch. After that, their offside line is a line through the ball.

32. When a ruck or maul forms at the mark of touch, a participating player may either:

a. Join the ruck or maul; or
b. Retire to the offside line, which is the hindmost foot of that player’s team in the ruck or maul.

33. Once the ball has been thrown, a lineout player may move beyond the 15-metre line. If the ball does not go beyond the 15-metre line, the player must immediately return to the lineout.

34. Players not participating in the lineout must remain at least 10 metres from the mark of touch on their own team’s side or behind the goal line if this is nearer. If the ball is thrown in before a player is onside, the player will not be liable to sanction if the player immediately retires to the onside position. The player cannot be put onside by the action of any other player.

35. Once the ball has been thrown in by a team-mate, players who are not participating in the lineout may move forward. If that occurs, then their opponents may also move forward. If the ball does not go beyond the 15-metre line, the players will not be liable to sanction if they immediately retire to their respective offside lines.

Sanction: Penalty.