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.