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A goal from mark is a former scoring move in rugby football. It occurred when a player "marked" the ball by making a fair catch and shouting "mark". From this position the player could not be tackled. The player then had the option of a free kick, which can be taken as a place, drop, or tap kick. The scoring move, however, continues as the set shot featuring heavily in Australian rules football. In the modern rugby codes including rugby union and rugby league, a goal cannot be scored from a free kick.

The reward for scoring a "goal from mark" in rugby was once three points - it was a mode of scoring distinct from the drop goal, with the latter worth four points. It was seldom seen for a number of reasons: the kicking team would have had to make the mark comfortably within range of the opponents' goal, usually implying a gross error on the part of a defending player. The player making the mark would presumably have considered a drop goal attempt less likely to succeed than goal from the mark. The defending team were allowed to advance as far as the mark, meaning that the kick had to be attempted from still further away, and were moreover permitted to charge the attempted kick (as a penalty kick may not be). A place kick could be attempted under obsolete laws that disallowed a charge attempt until the ball, in possession of a placer, was allowed to touch the ground; otherwise the ball had to be drop-kicked. The mode of scoring was valid until the 1970s and was very rare.

An example of this occurred in the Oxford and Cambridge University Match.

The last goal from a mark scored in an international match was by Romania against France in the FIRA Championship, Pool A, in Beziers on 11 December 1971 [1].

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