Laws of the Game

The Laws of the Game are formulated by World Rugby and circulated by Rugby Australia in the Laws of the Game 2017 book. Various sets of Laws apply to games across Australia as outlined below.

Laws of the Game 2017

The printed 2016 Law Book can be obtained through State referee associations, or by attending a Foundation Course.

Click here to download the World Rugby Laws of the Game 2017 in PDF format (20.7mb).
You can also download the IRB Laws app for iPhone and the IRB Laws app for iPad.

Note: World Rugby made several changes to Law which are applicable in Australia from 1st January, 2017. This includes significant changes to scrum and maul Law. Click here for a document covering all the changes for 2017: World Rugby Law Change Summary 2017.

U19 Law Variations

In addition to the World Rugby U19 Laws of the Game, Rugby Australia has adopted Australian Under 19 Law Variations applicable to all matches at Under 19 level played in Australia (except International U19 matches), including those games played by visiting touring teams. In these matches both sets of Laws apply. Click to download:
World Rugby U19 Law Variations 2017
ARU U19 Law Variations 2017

Kids Pathway U6-U12 Laws

Each game-style of the U6 to U12 TryRugby Kids Pathway has a development skills focus which takes into account the chronological age of the child and their capacity for safe and achievable rugby skill acquisition.

Click on the links below to access the game modifications summary PDFs for each relevant age group:

In addition there is a Kids Pathway Law Book 2016 (no change from 2017) with complete sets of Laws applicable from the U6 to U12 age groups. Click here to download the Kids Pathway Law Book 2016.

Game Management Guidelines (GMG)

The written Game Management Guidelines will aid unions in administration and playing of the game in domestic competitions within Australia. The purpose of this document is to ensure that all participants at the community level are aware of the areas of the game which require more specific coaching and/or consistent refereeing.

Click here to download the Game Management Guidelines 2017 in PDF.

In addition, Rugby Australia has created a PowerPoint version of the Game Management Guidelines with video clips, suitable for delivery to clubs, teams and referee associations. This can be found on the Education Packages page.

Australian Domestic Law Variations

This ARU Memo - 2015 Law Variations covers several topics, including:.

  1. A reminder of the Law Variations adopted in 2010, which will continue in 2015 and beyond.
  2. A request for Unions and Affiliates to submit any local Law Variations they may seek to play in 2015 and beyond to the Laws Advisory Group (LAG). The form needed to submit such a request can be downloaded here.

VIVA 7s Laws

VIVA 7s is the new, non-contact version of Rugby Sevens that can be played by male and female of all ages, no matter the sporting background or experience. VIVA 7s gives participants a safe and fun environment to have a high intensity workout. It's the best way to get fit and have fun with your family and friends.

Click here to download the VIVA 7s Laws Summary 2017 in PDF.

Veterans Rugby Laws

The aim of Veterans Rugby variations is to provide a less competitive version of the game in which player enjoyment is maximised and the possibility of injury is minimised. The international motto “Fun, Friendship and Fraternity” is the central theme of every game of Veterans Rugby.

Click here to download the ARU Veterans Rugby Laws 2017 in PDF.