ELV 12

(IRB.COM) Thursday 15 May 2008
 

As a result of the introduction of the 5 metre offside line at the scrum, there is a need to establish the offside lines which apply to a scrum half.

Example a
The non-ball-winning scrum half can follow the ball. The scrum half must stay behind the ball which is the offside line.

Example b
The non-ball-winning scrum half may also move to the offside line at the hindmost foot of the scrum but must not move away from the scrum and must not overstep that offside line. The non-ball-winning scrum half can move between the positions a and b.

Example c
The non-ball-winning scrum half may decide to move to or beyond the offside line 5 metres behind the hindmost foot of that player’s team, but once there, must remain behind the offside line until the scrum is over.

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Law text
 
Law 20.12  OFFSIDE AT THE SCRUM

(d) The scrum half whose team does not win possession of the ball must not move to the opposite side of the scrum and overstep the offside line. For that scrum half that runs through the hindmost foot of that player’s team in the scrum.

Penalty: Penalty Kick

(e) The scrum half whose team does not win possession of the ball must not move away from the scrum and then remain in front of the offside line. For that scrum half that runs through the hindmost foot of that player’s team in the scrum.

Penalty: Penalty Kick