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.

(b)  The Council shall be entitled as it deems fit to direct or authorise any Member Union or all Member Unions to practice for experimental purposes only a specific variation or series of variations from the Laws of the Game. Any such Member Union or all Member 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) The Council may alter the Laws of the Game – Fifteen-a-Side, in accordance with Bye-Law 9.9, on only one (1) occasion during the four (4) year period between each Rugby World Cup Finals save where such alteration is based upon safety considerations and/or emergency circumstances (which may be implemented as the Council deems necessary). Any such alteration to the Laws of the Game – Fifteen-a-Side must take effect at least one (1) year prior to the scheduled start date of the Rugby World Cup Finals.

(d) The Council may alter the Laws of the Game – Seven-a-Side Variations, in accordance with Bye-Law 9.9, on only one (1) occasion during the four (4) year period between each Summer Olympic Games save where such alteration is based upon safety considerations and/or emergency circumstances (which may be implemented as the Council deems necessary). Any such alteration to the Laws of the Game – Seven-a-Side Variations must take effect at least one (1) year prior to the scheduled start date of the Summer Olympic Games.