BYE-LAW 5.            LAWS OF THE GAME

(a)    The Laws of the Game, or any alterations thereto or interpretations thereof, shall be promulgated by World Rugby in the English language and shall be binding and uniformly observed in all matches except that it shall be lawful for the Council to direct or authorise any Union to practise for experimental purposes only a specific variation from the Laws of the Game. Any such Union shall implement such direction or exercise such authority in accordance with any conditions that may be laid down by the Council and shall furnish to the Council such information as it may require regarding the results ascertained from the experiment.

(b)    The Council shall also be entitled as it deems fit to direct or authorise all Unions to practice for experimental purposes only a specific variation or series of variations from the Laws of the Game. All Unions shall implement such direction or exercise such authority in accordance with any conditions that may be laid down by the Council and shall furnish to the Council such information as it may require regarding the results ascertained from the experiment.

(c)     Alterations to the Laws of the Game, save for with respect to the Seven-a-Side Variations, and consideration of proposals in respect thereof shall, save where such change and/or proposal is based upon safety considerations and/or other unforeseeable and/or emergency circumstances, only be made on one occasion during the four-year period between each Rugby World Cup Finals with there being at least one year between the commencement of the Law amendments and the scheduled start of the Rugby World Cup Finals.

(d)     Alterations to the Laws of the Game – Sevens-a-Side Variations and consideration of proposals in respect thereof shall, save where such change and/or proposal is based upon safety considerations and/or other unforeseeable and/or emergency circumstances, only be made on one occasion during the four year period between each Summer Olympic Games with there being at least one year between the commencement of the Law amendments and the scheduled start of the Summer Olympic Games.