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The maul

  • Use conditioned games to develop support players’ decision-making skills
  • Practise and re-practise all contact skills
  • Use opposition progressively: e.g., touch, maul touch, defenders with bags, full contact
  • Ensure all players maintain a strong body shape throughout the contact and emphasise joining the maul legally by binding onto a team-mate
  • Ensure all players are aware of the Laws governing the maul, especially those relating to safety; players in defence must be encouraged to remain on their feet at all times and not illegally ‘pull down’ a maul