A rule which may confuse new players to rugby union is the knock-on rule and understanding what the rule is will ensure that you will enjoy your rugby experience. When a rugby player knocks the rugby ball forward with their arm or hands, towards the opposition and the ball hits the ground or a member of the opposition this is a knock on.
When a player mishandles the ball, i.e. drops it or allows it to rebound off a hand or arm, and the ball travels forwards, it is known as a knock-on. This is punishable by a scrum to the opposition and therefore a turnover of possession. Previous Post Rugby Passing Rules.
But if the player manages to catch the ball before it hits the ground, it is not a knock-on. If a knock on occurs, the referee will stop play and award the scrum to the team who has not knocked on. Knocking with intention - if a player deliberately knocks or throws the ball forward, a penalty is awarded to the opposite team. If the referee feels a try could have taken place if the ball had not been intentionally knocked, a penalty try is awarded.
For a knock-on, the ball must come off hand or arm, not any other part of the body – not the head, not the chest, not the stomach, not the thigh, not the knee. It is on catching kicks that things often go wrong, especially if the catcher is out in the open, on his own and waiting to catch the ball.
If a player fumbles the ball but catches it before it has hit the ground or another player, it is not a knock-on. When a knock-on occurs, the referee will stop play and award a scrum to the team...
7 Advantage. 8 Scoring. 9 Foul Play. 10 Offside and onside in open play. 11 Knock-on or throw forward. 12 Kick-off and restart kicks. 13 Players on the ground in open play. 14 Tackle. 15 Ruck.
For the record, World Rugby's laws state: "A knock-on occurs when a player loses possession of the ball and it goes forward, or when a player hits the ball forward with hand or arm, or when the ...
RugbyRefs.com Law Clarification Request - Knock On. The rugbyrefs.com members seek clarification of Law 12 in relation to the ball being knocked on. A knock-on occurs when a player loses possession of the ball and it goes forward, or when a player hits the ball forward with the hand or arm, or when the ball hits the hand or arm and goes forward, and the ball touches the ground or another player before the original player can catch it.