IRB Law Clarifications

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The IRB Laws committee meets a number of times a year to discuss questions about the Laws of the Game from it's member unions. These clarifications are then publicised for all to see and use.

RugbyRefs.com Requests

The members of RugbyRefs.com have created a number of requests to laws which we would like to see clarified. RRF unfortunately does not have the required access to the IRB, if a member union feels our requests are valid we would be honoured if they would take them to the IRB to assist in removing possible confusions and differences in interpretations. Our requests can be found under Law Clarification Requests.

Law Clarifications

The following table shows the current law clarifications:

Date Ruling No. Request by Laws Affected Description Included into Law
15 Nov 12 2012-03 IRFU Republic of Ireland 3 Uncontested Scrums when using 23 Players
10 Jul 12 2012-02 RFU England 3,5,8 Player rejoining team/substitution at a quick lineout
4 Apr 12 2012-01 FFR France 22 Grounding a ball whilst in touch/Touch-in-goal
4 Nov 11 2011-04 ARU Australia 12 Ball ripped from ball carrier by opponent
4 Nov 11 2011-03 ARU Australia 11 10m Law application after ball 'touched'
4 Nov 11 2011-02 ARU Australia 17 Maul going to ground
18 May 11 2011-01 RFU England 3 Front row replacement in uncontested scrums
19 Mar 10 2010-03 WRU Wales 22 Doubt about grounding
11 Mar 10 2010-02 WRU Wales 13 Restart at end of match
10 Mar 10 2010-01 IRFU Republic of Ireland 3 Front row replacement in uncontested scrums
11 Nov 09 2009-09 IRFU Republic of Ireland 19 Receiver running into gap at lineout
16 Oct 09 2009-08 SRU Scotland 10 Obstruction at maul following a lineout
25 Aug 09 2009-07 USAR United States 10/16 binding when joining a ruck
10 Aug 09 2009-06 ARU Australia 20/LAG^ U19 Numbers in the scrum 2009
10 Aug 09 2009-05 RFU England 3 Uncontested scrums and all replacements used
11 May 09 2009-04 ARU/NZRU AustraliaNew Zealand 15/16 Playing ball legally before ruck forms - Can player continue to handle ball? 2009
08 Apr 09 2009-03 FFR France 5 Scrum Collapse after time/Lineout offence after time 2010
16 Oct 09 2009-02 Rev SARU South Africa 22 Simultaneous grounding and touch in-goal 2009
07 Apr 09 2009-02 SARU South Africa 22 Simultaneous grounding and touch in-goal
19 Mar 09 2009-01 RFU England 12 Quick throw after a knock on into touch 2010
24 Sept 08 2008-04 RFU England 17 Defence voluntarily leaving a maul
13 May 08 2008-03 NZRU New Zealand 20 No.8 Shove on scrum engagement 2009
13 May 08 2008-02 ARU Australia 3 Uncontested scrum sanctions
21 Jan 08 2008-01 RFU England 22 Stationary & moving ball clarification 2009
1 Oct 07 2007-03 GRU Georgia (country) 16 Defence voluntarily leaving a ruck
12 Mar 07 2007-02 IRFU Republic of Ireland 3 Substitutions at a penalty kick
17 Feb 07 2007-01 RFU England 20 Scrum Engagement at all age levels
29 Nov 06 2006-09 FFR France 17 Tackling the ball carrier in the maul
29 Nov 06 2006-08 FFR France 16 Diving over players on the ground at a ruck
14 Nov 06 2006-07 SRU Scotland 10 Flying Wedge Question
14 Nov 06 2006-06 IRFU Republic of Ireland 10 Tackle that starts low but ends high 2009
14 Nov 06 2006-05 FFR France 4 Definition of Jersey, shorts & underwear
14 Nov 06 2006-04 SARU South Africa 4 Elastic long sleeves with manufacturers mark
06 May 06 2006-03 FFR France 3/LAG^ U19 - Do locks require suitable training?
10 Jan 06 2006-02 FFR France 19/21 Penalty kick for goal hits post and goes into touch
10 Jan 06 2006-01 FFR France 13/18 Mark after a restart
25 Oct 05 2005-07 ARU Australia 20 Scrum half offside line at scrum 2009
30 Sep 05 2005-06 $ ARU Australia 3 Re-request of clarification to ruling 2005-04
30 Sep 05 2005-05 IRFU Republic of Ireland 10 Spear Tackles 2009
15 Aug 05 2005-04 ARU Australia 3 Front row replacements after a temporary suspension
30 Jun 05 2005-03 FPR Portugal 21 Intention to kick for goal, then take a quick tap
01 Apr 05 2005-02 FFR France 6 Non player touching the ball in the field of play
01 Apr 05 2005-01 IRFU Republic of Ireland 16 Rucking the ball and other players 2009
24 Dec 04 2004-10 WRU Wales 19/21 Quick throw taken into 22m & Propelling ball with thigh
23 Dec 04 2004-09 IRFU Republic of Ireland 10/22 Penalty try & Temporary Suspension
01 Sep 04 2004-08 JRFU Japan 15 Other players in a tackle 2009
23 Jun 04 2004-07 SRU Scotland 19 Receiver in the line out 2009
04 Jun 04 2004-06 FFR France 3 Front row replacements
04 Jun 04 2004-05 ARU Australia 19 Receiver in the line out
24 May 04 2004-04 RFU England 19 Receiver in the line out 2009
20 Feb 04 2004-03 JRFU Japan 15 Players not going to ground in a tackle 2009
10 Jan 04 2004-02 FIR Italy 3/19 Front row replacements & Played into own 22m
20 Jan 04 2004-01 WRU Wales 3/14 Player laying on ground tackling & Front row replacements 2009
02 Sep 03 2003-14 UAR Argentina 19 Picking up a stationary ball outside the 22m with feet in 22m 2009
18 Aug 03 2003-13 SRU Scotland 15 Tackler not going to ground 2009
05 Aug 03 2003-12 RFU England 3 Front row replacements
24 Jul 03 2003-11 NZRU New Zealand 15/17 Forming & collapsing a maul
24 Jul 03 2003-10 NZRU New Zealand 3 Blood bin over half time
24 Jul 03 2003-09 IRFU Republic of Ireland 3 Front row replacements
20 Jan 03 2003-08 IRFU Republic of Ireland 15/17 Tackling a player in a maul
03 Jul 03 2003-07 UAR Argentina 10/19 Heading a ball into touch
03 Jul 03 2003-06 SRU Scotland 17 Players forming a maul in specific order
27 Jun 03 2003-05 ARU Australia 3 Front row replacements
12 Jun 03 2003-04 NZRU New Zealand 3 Front row replacements
07 Jun 03 2003-03 SRU Scotland 15/17 Tackling the player in the maul
07 Jun 03 2003-02 SRU Scotland 3 Front row replacement management
15 Jan 03 2003-01 SARU South Africa 19 Receiver in the line out 2009
15 Nov 02 2002-09 Dutch Rugby Union Netherlands 19 Receiver in the line out 2009
29 Oct 02 2002-08 Rugby Canada Canada 20 Position of locks head in a scrum
01 Oct 02 2002-07 FPR Portugal 13 Ball kicked into touch from a kick off, but has not travelled 10m
05 Sep 02 2002-06 IRFU Republic of Ireland 6/21 Quick tap from a scrum FK or PK
05 Sep 02 2002-05 IRFU Republic of Ireland 19 Receiver in the line out
23 Jul 02 2002-04 WRU Wales 6/8/10 Quick tap from a scrum FK or PK
23 Jul 02 2002-03 RFU England 19 Receiver in the line out
17 May 02 2002-02 RFU England 19 Peeling off from the line out
20 Mar 02 2002-01 SRU Scotland 3 Clarification of 15 min blood bin

^Law Application Guidelines

$ The law ruling is incomplete on the IRB Laws website and so is reproduced here until this is rectified. This has been reported to the iRB for rectification.

Requesting Union Abbreviations

The following abbreviations are used by the IRB to state which union has made the request:

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