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Ending a lineout

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36. The lineout ends when:

a. The ball or a player in possession of the ball:

i. leaves the lineout; or
ii. enters the area between the touchline and the five-metre line; or
iii. goes beyond the 15-metre line.

b. A ruck or maul forms and all of the feet of all of the players in the ruck or maul move beyond the mark of touch.
c. The ball becomes unplayable.

37. Other than by moving to the receiver position if that position is empty, no lineout player may leave the lineout until it has ended. Sanction: Penalty.