World Rugby launches simplified law book

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World Rugby has launched a 'simplified law book' on Wednesday that is aimed to understand the rules of the game better.

The revolutionary law book, which can be accessed at and downloaded via the App store, is the product of almost two years’ work by a specialist group.

The book has simplified the understanding of the rules with clear explanations with various repetitions and contradictions removed and is 42 per cent shorter than the current version.

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont stated that the initiative will benefit all those involved as well as aiming to involve in the game.

“As our game continues to grow around the world, we continue to strive to make the sport as accessible to all.

"The laws can be difficult to understand for new participants and fans and the new law book goes a long way towards simplifying it and making it easier to understand for players, coaches, referees and the viewing public.

“This has been a truly collaborative effort with every union given the opportunity to contribute. I’d like to thank them and the working group for their full commitment to an extensive and important process. I believe what they have produced will make a big difference to the game as we seek to make rugby more accessible to all.”

The Law Simplification Group consists of Mark Harrington (World Rugby Head of Technical Services and club head coach), Tappe Henning (Scottish Rugby Union Referee Manager and former international referee), Dr Ross Tucker (sports scientist), Rod Hill (New Zealand Rugby Referee Manager), Chris Cuthbertson (Chairman RFU Laws Committee), James Fitzgerald (World Rugby Media Manager and former international referee), Adam Pearson (web designer/illustrator).