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Offside in open play
Offside in open play

Offside is quite a complicated rule of rugby union, so make sure you pay attention and listen to what the referee is saying.

If a player is in front of a team-mate in possession of the ball, or in front of their team-mate who last played the ball, they will be offside if:

  • They are actively trying to play the ball

  • Do not retire within 10m of an opponent who is waiting for the ball

  • They move towards the opponents or the place where the ball lands without first coming back onside

    The referee will award a penalty at the place where the offence took place.

  • Offside in open play
    Offside at the scrum
    Offside at a ruck or maul
    Offside at the line out
    Offside after a kick

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