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Yes as long as it is not a ruck where the tackled player must release the ball allowing players from both sides who are still on their feet (but they will be bending over) to fight for the ball. In Rugby Union and League the ball may only be passed from the hands of the carrier in a backward or adjacent direction i.e. to any player behind their back foot or directly level to them (this is really difficult as the ball can be seen to be going forward and therefore is a foul).

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Q: Can you pass off the floor in rugby union?
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