It’s 42% shorter than it was before although the World Rugby group involved in the re-write, maintain that nothing has been removed.
But, a warning, the new book does not include the global experimental law variations we are all now operating under. You’ll need to still use the law variations as outlined here, but obviously the law number references are now all wrong.
For example, the new law book includes, in the Scrum law section – now Law 19-section 15: “When both sides are square, stable and stationary, the referee signals to the scrum-half to throw in the ball.” Under the Global Law Variations (which from today now includes all Southern Hemisphere rugby), this paragraph is removed, as we are now not giving that indication when the scrum is set.
Edit note: World Rugby haven’t yet updated the iOS laws app with the 2018 book. They say they will be doing, so keep checking for those iOS updates
As referees we are obliged to know and understand the laws, so do take some time to read through the new book and its laws before your next run out. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments below, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org