Autumn’s mauling masterclasses

Just before the 2015 Six Nations gets started, tGL decided to take a look back at the 2014 Autumn Internationals, specifically some of the mauling play on show in the England vs South Africa, and Ireland vs South Africa matches, and wonder whether we might see similar play in the Six Nations. Mauls originally belonged to an older style of rugby, one that resembled the big shoving contests of the sport’s earliest days when every attacking player’s job was to either push the maul forward or, if the ball escaped, secure possession and hold on until another maul formed. Mauls are associated with slow, boring and old-fashioned rugby, so why have they become a modern attacking weapon? Continue reading