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Rugby Is Played with a Not-Round Ball

The Rugby Football League (RFL) sets rules by age division for players in England. Full 13-A-Side rules are used from the age of 12 onwards.


1. Shape and Construction
The game shall be played with an oval air-inflated ball the outer casing of which shall be of leather or other material approved by the Australian Rugby League Commission. Nothing shall be used in its construction which might prove dangerous to the players.

2. Size and Weight
The dimensions of the ball shall be those approved by the Australian Rugby League Commission.

3. Ball Deflated
The Referee shall blow his whistle immediately he notices that the size and shape of the ball no longer comply with the Laws of the Game.


1.Color of the Ball
In senior competitions the ball shall be light in colour so that it can be more easily seen by spectators.

2. Ball Bursts
If the ball bursts as a player is taking a place kick at goal he should be allowed another kick. If a player grounds the ball for a try and then it is noticed that the ball has burst, the try should be allowed. Otherwise, if the ball bursts, play is stopped, the ball is replaced and a scrum is formed to re-start play at the point where the ball bursts. The team in possession or last in possession shall have the loose head and the put-in.

Rugby Football League – http://www.playnrl.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/ARL-Rules-book-2015.pdf
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