Rugby Lineout Rules. October 13, 2013. by ahmcgowan. The lineout is a means of restarting play after the ball has gone into touch (off the field of play at the side). The lineout concentrates all the forwards in one place near to the touch line, so the backs have the rest of the width of the field in which to mount an attack. The key for the forwards is to win possession and distribute the ball effectively to the back line.
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The rules around quick lineouts in rugby. A quick lineout can be a good attacking option. Quick lineout throws can be taken if the lineout has not yet been formed. Additionally, the ball should not have been touched by anyone who is not part of the game. Quick lineout throws must be made from, or behind the point where the ball has gone into touch.
The Same Ball Must Be Used For The Quick Lineout Or Throw. This is the law: a quick throw can’t be taken if “a different ball is used from the one that originally went into touch.” Plenty of kicks for touch sail into the crowd. Some professional sports have a tradition that the person who catches a ball gets to keep it.
The front of the lineout is positioned on the 5 metre in from touch line and the ball must go at least 5 metres. There is another line 15 metres in from touch which shows the farthest distance from the touch line that any member of the lineout may stand. Players jump and/or are lifted to catch or deflect the ball.
A line-out or lineout is a means by which, in rugby union, play is restarted after the ball has gone into touch. When the ball goes out of the field of play, the opposing team is normally awarded a line-out; the exception is after the ball is kicked into touch from a penalty kick, when the team that was awarded the penalty throws into the line-out. A line-out is formed by players from each team lining up inside the touchline, at 90° to it.
(g) Failure to form a line-out. A team must not voluntarily fail to form a line-out. (h) Where the line-out players must stand. The front of the line-out is not less than 5 metres from the touch-line. The back of the line-out is not more than 15 metres from the touch-line. All line-out players must stand between these two points.
The lineout is deemed to be formed when two or more players from each team have assembled within 5-15 metres of the throw-in location. Any player who approaches the touchline is presumed to be part of a lineout.
A quick lineout can only occur before a lineout begins to form, therefore teams often try and prevent this being taken against them by rushing to the location of where the ball went out of play. Players not involved within the lineout must be at least 10m back from the lineout until the lineout is over.