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.
Even if your team isn`t throwing you`re in with a chance - have a go.
are the main jumpers in a lineout although a taller member of
the back row sometimes jumps when a throw goes to the back of the lineout for variation.
, usually the strongest members of the team assist the
locks into the air, lifting them by their shorts and keeping them in the air
by supporting their legs.
A one metre gap is required between the two lines of players in a
rugby lineout and the ball is thrown in above this gap, usually
high above the players.
Until you know more, avoid contact with opposition players before the
ball is thrown in or when they are off the ground (in the air)
- contact will often result in penalties.
After the jump in the lineout
Get possession and you determine what happens next.
You can keep the ball in the forwards so they
can use weight and strength to make progress
individual players may barge forward carrying the ball
if that is possible - you must avoid getting isolated
and losing possession of the ball. Avoid contact with
team mates isolated in front of you - it would cause a penalty
multiple players can combine (form a maul) and carry
the ball forward amongst them - avoid situations where the
ball carrier or the maul comes into contact with team-mates
in front of the ball - they are offside and a penalty will be given
multiple players may also combine if the ball has gone to the ground
- then it`s a ruck. The players in the ruck can advance the ball by
pushing forward, staying bound and keeping the ball at their feet.
You may choose to give the ball to the backs, they will use their speed, strength
and evasion techniques to move the ball forwards.
Here is a good example of a rugby lineout being won by the forwards and the ball
being given to the backs who go on to score thanks to a fantastic sidestep
by Jason Robinson.
If you fail to get possession you must prevent breaks
through your part of the lineout, especially if you are close to
your own goal-line.
What you do will depend on the advantages/disadvantages your team has
in terms of position on the field and on the relative strengths of the
backs and forwards grouping of the two teams.
Throw-ins may be taken quickly
Kicking for touch can make huge gains in ground with very little effort.
Because a rugby lineout follows a touch finding kick, the kicking team gets to move all
their players forward to where the lineout is to be taken.
To discourage kicking of this type, you (as a defender) are allowed
to throw the ball in quickly to your own players waiting in the field of play.
You can even throw it to yourself!
You can only do this when a line-out must take place but before
the line-out has actually formed.
You would only do this if their players have not followed the kick quickly
enough and you can get an advantage by throwing quickly.
The throwing rules which apply are looser but very similar to those for the formal
lineout. This type of throw-in may be used only if...
you use the ball that went into touch
no another person touches the ball
after it goes into touch
"Touch" and rugby lineout rules are long and complex.