Rugby Virginia is based upon these core International Rugby Board (IRB)
A Sport For All
The laws provide players of different physiques, skills, genders and ages with the
opportunity to participate at their levels of ability in a controlled, competitive
and enjoyable environment. It is incumbent upon all who play rugby to have
a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Laws of the game.
Maintaining the Identity
The laws ensure that rugby’s distinctive features are maintained through scrums,
line outs, mauls, rucks, kick offs and re-starts. Also the key features relating
to contest and continuity - the backward pass, and the offensive tackle.
Enjoyment and Entertainment
The laws provide the framework for a game that is both enjoyable to play and entertaining
to watch. If, on occasions, these objectives appear to be incompatible, enjoyment
and entertainment are enhanced by enabling the players to give full rein to their
skills. To achieve the correct balance, the laws are constantly under review.
The Laws of Rugby
The Laws of Rugby may be found on the website of the International
Rugby Board (IRB), the world governing
body of rugby, at:
The Laws may be downloaded as an Adobe Acrobat "pdf" file. The
free Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to download and read and/or print the file.
Standard set of Variations Appropriate to the Under 19 Game
At the U-19 and Youth levels, there are some variations to the Laws of Rugby that
recognize the youth and inexperience of young players.
Download IRB Under 19 Variations - Standard set of Variations Appropriate
to the Under 19 Game:-