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Clarifications in law

If a union in membership is unable to clarify an aspect of law it may submit a request for a clarification in law to the World Rugby designated members. This section contains all such requests for clarifications as far back as 2002 and gives the associated response from the designated members. On occasions, clarifications in law will result in a law amendment.


The laws of rugby were restructured and simplified for the 2018 law book. Clarifications issued up to the end of 2017 reference the law structure at that time. Clarifications issued from 2018 onwards reference the simplified laws. Please select whether you wish to browse clarifications up to 2017 or from 2018 onward.