Simplified laws available on January 1

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    07 Dec 2017     Getty Images

Two years work has gone into the simplified version of the laws approved by the World Rugby Council last month.

An eight-person law simplification group which included New Zealand Rugby's referee manager Rod Hill worked on the law book which has been described as being laid out more logically, clearer in its explanations and with repetitions and contradictions removed.

The group met twice in February and July 2016 and held six teleconferences over 12 months to produce their first draft. Once law experts had validated the first draft it was then sent to all World Rugby member unions for detailed feedback.

The rugby judicial and disciplinary community ensured the revised lawbook retained the necessary judicial rules and processes.

In September the rugby committee approved the book and recommended its adoption by the World Rugby Council and that was passed on November 15.

The overall result has been a document 42 percent shorter than its existing version. It's level of understanding has also been reduced by an academic measure to the reading level of an 11-year-old.

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said: "As our game continues to grow around the world, we continue to strive to make the sport accessible to all.

"The laws can be difficult to understand for new participants and fans, and the new law book goes a long way towards simplifying it and making it easier to understand for players, coaches, referees and the viewing public."

The laws will be described in plain language with fewer subordinate clauses and have been rearranged to make them more logical and sequential.

The new law book will be available online on January 1.