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The length and breadth of the playing area are to be as near as possible to the dimensions indicated. All the areas are rectangular.
The distance from the goal line to the dead ball line will preferably be not less than 10 metres.
In respect of:
(i) Matches between the senior national representative team or the next senior national representative team of a Union against the senior or next senior national representative team of another Union; and
(ii) International seven-a-side matches;
the dimensions should be as close to the maximum sizes as possible, and not less than 94 metres in length for the field of play, 68 metres in width, and with a minimum in-goal length of 6 metres. Unions wishing to vary minimum or maximum dimensions should apply for dispensation to World Rugby.
The perimeter area should not be less than 5 metres where practicable.
The dead ball lines and touch-in-goal lines, both of which are outside the in-goal areas;
The goal lines, which are within the in-goal areas but outside the field of play;
The 22-metre lines; which are parallel to the goal lines
The half way line which is parallel to the goal lines; and
The touchlines which are outside the field of play.
All lines other than solid lines are dash lines all of which are 5 metres in length.
There are two sets of dash lines which are 10 metres from, and parallel to, each side of the half way line. These are called the 10 metre dash lines. The 10 metre dash lines intersect the dash lines which are 5 metres and 15 metres parallel to each touch line.
There are two sets of dash lines which are 5 metres from, and parallel to, each touch line. They run from the 5 metre dash lines, which are parallel to each goal line and intersect both 22 metre lines, both 10 metre dash lines and the half way line. These are called the 5 metre dash lines.
There are two sets of dash lines which are 15 metres from, and parallel to, each touch line. These dash lines run from the 5 metre dash lines which are parallel to each goal line, and intersect both 22 metre lines, both 10 metre dash lines and the half way line. These are called the 15 metre dash lines.
There are six dash lines 5 metres from, and parallel to, each goal line. Two dash lines are positioned 5 metres and 15 metres from each touch line. A further two dash lines are positioned in front of each goal post so that there is 5 metres between these dash lines.
There is one line 0.5 metre long that intersects the centre of the half way line.
The distance between the two goal posts is 5.6 metres.
The crossbar is placed between the two goal posts so that its top edge is 3.0 metres from the ground.
The minimum height of the goal posts is 3.4 metres.
When padding is attached to the goal posts the distance from the goal line to the external edge of the padding must not exceed 300mm.
There are 14 flag posts with flags, each with a minimum height of 1.2 metres above the ground.
Flag posts must be positioned at the intersection of touch-in-goal lines and the goal lines and at the intersection of the touch-in-goal lines and the dead ball lines. These eight flag posts are outside the in-goal area and do not form part of the playing area.
Flag posts must be positioned in line with the 22-metre lines and the half way line, 2 metres outside the touchlines and within the playing enclosure.
If either team has objections about the ground or the way it is marked out they must tell the referee before the match starts.
The referee will attempt to resolve the issues but must not start a match if any part of the ground is considered to be dangerous.
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