To make a mark, a player must be on or behind that player’s 22-metre line. A player with one foot on the 22-metre line or behind it is considered to be ‘in the 22’. The player must make a clean catch direct from an opponent’s kick and at the same time shout “Mark”. A mark cannot be made from a kick-off, or a restart kick except for a drop-out.
A kick is awarded for a mark. The place for the kick is the place of the mark.
A player may make a mark even though the ball touched a goal post or crossbar before being caught.
A player from the defending team may make a mark in in-goal.
The referee immediately blows the whistle and awards a kick to the player who made the mark.
The kick is awarded at the place of the mark. If the mark is made in the in-goal, the kick is awarded 5 metres from the goal line in line with where the mark was made.
The kick is taken at or behind the mark on a line through the mark.
The kick is taken by the player who made the mark. If that player cannot take the kick within one minute, a scrum is formed at the place of the mark with the ball thrown in by the player’s team. If the mark is in the in-goal, the scrum is 5 metres from the goal line, on a line through the mark.
The provisions of Law 21 - Free Kicks - apply to a kick awarded after a mark.
The team of the player who made the mark may choose to take a scrum.
An opponent, whether onside or offside, must not charge a player who has made a mark after the referee has blown the whistle.
Sanction: Penalty kick