2 Apr 2009

Maul makes a comeback

11:45 am on 2 April 2009

The maul is set to become a major feature in rugby again after a two-day IRB conference in London voted to throw out an Experimental Law Variation which had allowed mauls to be pulled down.

Mauling's been a strength of northern hemisphere teams, especially England, but it's diminished since the change.

However the NZRU's chief executive Steve Tew says it's not a northern hemisphere-southern hemisphere argument .

Tew says southern coaches in London say the maul's making a comeback in the Super 14 as teams get better at stopping opponents pulling them down.