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12. Laws of the Game

The object of the game is that two teams of 15, 10 or seven players each, observing fair play, according to the laws and sporting spirit, should by carrying, passing, kicking and grounding the ball, score as many points as possible, the team scoring the greater number of points being the winner of the match.

The laws of the game, including the standard set of variations for under-19s, 10s and rugby sevens, are complete and contain all that is necessary to enable the game to be played correctly and fairly.

Rugby union is a sport which involves physical contact and, as such, presents inherent dangers. It is very important to play the game in accordance with the laws and be mindful of player welfare at all times.

It is the responsibility of players to ensure that they are physically and technically prepared to play within the laws and are committed to participate in accordance with safe practices and enjoyment.

It is the responsibility of those who coach or teach the game to ensure that players are prepared to comply with the laws, to play fairly and practice safe conduct.

It is the duty of the referee to apply fairly all the laws in every match, including law trials and variations as authorised by World Rugby.

Click here to go to the World Rugby Laws of Rugby Union web site. On this site, you can read the Laws, watch video examples and animations to build your understanding of how the Laws are applied on the field of play.