11 Strange Rugby Laws That You Have Probably Never Heard Of

1Nigel-Owens

The laws of rugby are often appear strange and unnecessarily uncomplicated to those outside of the sport, but these laws may baffle even the most die-hard of rugby fans;

1. 22.4(c) – Player In Touch Or Touch-In-Goal

This law means is that if you’re out of bounds, and you’re not holding the ball, you can touch the ball down for a try in the oppositions in-goal area.

2. 15.6(e) – Gaining Possession Of The Ball In A Tackle

Any player who gains possession of the ball at the tackle must play the ball immediately by moving away or passing or kicking the ball.

3. 21.4(f) – In-Goal Penalty Kicks

If a defending team opts to take a penalty kick in-goal, and then one of them prevents the attacking team from scoring, a penalty try must be awarded.

4. 10.4(p) – Flying Wedge Or Cavalry Charge

After a quick tap penalty, team mates are not allowed to bind onto the ball carrier until they have made contact with a defender.

5. 18 – Mark

A player may call for a mark from a penalty kick, even if the ball has hit the posts during the attempted kick.

6. 19.7 (b) – Dummy Throws

When throwing into the line-out, a player is not allowed to pretend to throw the ball in before releasing it.

7. 17.3 – Maul Defence

A player must not take any action to make the opposing team think that the ball is out of the maul while it is still in the maul.

8. 21.8(e) – Charging Kicks

Once retiring the requisite 10 metres, defending players are allowed to immediately begin charging down a free kick as soon as the kicker begins to approach the kick.

9. 17.4(b) – Joining A Maul

Players involved in a line-out who opts not to immediately join a maul must retreat behind their sides offside line.

10. 20.9 – Scrum Restrictions

A scrum half must not take any action to make the opponents think that the ball is out of the scrum while it is still in the scrum.

11. 16.4 – Ruck Offences

A player must not take any action to make the opposing team think that the ball is out of the ruck while it is still in the ruck.

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  1. 22.4 (c) is a pushover try – you’re thinking of 22.4 (g) 😉

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