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Rugby’s Laws: an evolution

The World Rugby Law Book is published each year. It is available online at laws.worldrugby.org where you can download the Laws in PDF format and take a test to check your Law knowledge.

The Laws of Rugby are developed with two central principles in mind: firstly, to allow players to play within the Spirit of the Game, and secondly, to protect the welfare of all players.

Sometimes World Rugby trials changes to the Laws, before deciding whether those changes should be implemented on a global basis and accepted into full Law. Law trials may apply only in a certain region or, for example, only the northern or southern hemisphere.

Any change in Law creates a challenge for players and coaches alike, providing opportunity for teams to adjust their tactics to take advantage of any freedom or restriction brought about by the change.

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