Rugby is a simple game; pass backwards, run forwards, and hit the person with the ball. It is the laws of the game that stop rugby from degenerating into an 80-minute brawl, and it is the laws that tend to complicate things.
The IRB (International Rugby Board) maintains a very comprehensive website, which includes a complete section on Laws & Regulations. Beyond the law book, the IRB uses multiple video exerpts to highlight proper technique or rule-breaking (such as off-side at the ruck).
Provided here are links to specific sections of the IRB website, and direct-download links for PDF versions of both the complete law book and individual laws.
|IRB Laws 2011 – English||Les Règles du Jeu 2011 – Francais|
Clicking a link in the table below will take you to the IRB website, where video clips help explain certain laws. Just click on the red “camera” logo when present.”