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Creating rucks forces an off-side situation, which is a great way to keep your opponent moving backwards! Creating rucks forces an off-side situation, which is a great way to keep your opponent moving backwards!

Once a ruck is formed an imaginary off-side line forms from behind the last grounded player on each teams side of the ruck. Any player that is further up field then their line is off-side.

What to do...

  • An off-side player may not legally gather, pass, kick or tackle until he is back on-side.
  • An off-side player will be back on-side when he retreats to a space on or behind his own off-side line.

During your turn any of your players caught off-side at a ruck MUST use any available moves to try and get back to on-side position. If the ball is gathered from the ruck and an off-side player, with available moves, has not attempted to retreat, a referee roll must be made against the player, failing which a penalty will be awarded on the centre of the ruck.

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