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The maul

  • Maintain forward momentum and make the ball available to your team mates
  • First arriving support player attempt to secure possession by ripping the ball free or driving beyond the ball
  • Subsequent support (second and third arriving players) bind onto the ball carrier and maintain forward momentum
  • Heads and shoulders should be no lower than hips and all players must be bound
  • Drive forward in a balanced formation
  • When additional support arrives, move the ball further back from opposition
  • Once the ball is at the back, the ball carrier can either continue driving, leave the maul or pass to a team mate


  • All support players must conform to basic safety key factors:

    - Adopt a strong and stable body position,
    - Keep the spine in line with the direction of drive
    - Drive from low to high
    - Bind onto team-mate making contact using the shoulder and arm
    - Remain on your feet at all times while driving forward

Player safety research for the maul tells us that players should:

  • have the ‘eyes up’ to keep head and neck in a good position
  • keep head and shoulders above hips at all times
  • make contact by binding on a player using the whole arm