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    Default Laws of Rugby Union - 1922

    A bit of an odd query but worth a try. My club has its centenary year in 2022 and we’ve started planning a series of events to mark the occasion. I’ve been asked to try to track down the laws of the game as they were in 1922. Other than contacting the RFU, any suggestions?

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    The RFU Reference Library at Twickenham (free entrance - separate from the Museum) has an almost complete set of law books. IIRC there is one missing in the 1920s, but I don't remember which. You can contact the museum, Curator, Phil McGowan, on 0208 892 8877 or museum@rfu.com.

    I have a copy of Royds' History of the Laws of Rugby Union and a quick scan (I may have missed some) only revealed one entry from 1922 - a proposal by the RFU to the International Board: "It shall be illegal for more than three players from either side to form up or become part of the front row of a scrummage". (This only applied to a set scrummage, not a loose scrummage, now called a ruck.)

    There had been several changes in 1921, and a complete re-write in 1926.
    He trudg’d along unknowing what he sought,
    And whistled as he went, for want of thought.
    The Referee by John Dryden

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    Quote Originally Posted by OB.. View Post
    The RFU Reference Library at Twickenham (free entrance - separate from the Museum) has an almost complete set of law books. IIRC there is one missing in the 1920s, but I don't remember which. You can contact the museum, Curator, Phil McGowan, on 0208 892 8877 or museum@rfu.com.

    I have a copy of Royds' History of the Laws of Rugby Union and a quick scan (I may have missed some) only revealed one entry from 1922 - a proposal by the RFU to the International Board: "It shall be illegal for more than three players from either side to form up or become part of the front row of a scrummage". (This only applied to a set scrummage, not a loose scrummage, now called a ruck.)

    There had been several changes in 1921, and a complete re-write in 1926.
    Thanks OB - something to plan for the next time I'm down south.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colesy View Post
    A bit of an odd query but worth a try. My club has its centenary year in 2022 and we’ve started planning a series of events to mark the occasion. I’ve been asked to try to track down the laws of the game as they were in 1922. Other than contacting the RFU, any suggestions?
    are you going to try and play a game with 1922 Laws?

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    Great idea, wonder how they would get on with an old style ball

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    actually I don't think it would be possible to do that, at the club, - for instance I don't think you could have scrums without having the correct sequence, and STE etc etc.

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    In 1991 ( I think) Stow on the Wold RFC played a centennial game under 1891 laws. It was fun to watch, even though they didn't get things quite right.
    He trudg’d along unknowing what he sought,
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    Quote Originally Posted by OB.. View Post
    In 1991 ( I think) Stow on the Wold RFC played a centennial game under 1891 laws. It was fun to watch, even though they didn't get things quite right.
    Interesting.
    I wonder how they insured everyone .
    I guess you can buy one off insurance for anything, but you imagine that somwmmodern safety protocols would be required

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    Quote Originally Posted by crossref View Post
    Interesting.
    I wonder how they insured everyone .
    I guess you can buy one off insurance for anything, but you imagine that somwmmodern safety protocols would be required
    AFAIK the problem did not occur to anybody. Do children get insurance before climbing trees (or aren't they allowed to these days?)
    He trudg’d along unknowing what he sought,
    And whistled as he went, for want of thought.
    The Referee by John Dryden

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