A match between Narbonne and Vannes in France’s Pro D2 might have seen the conception of the latest bit of tactical rugby innovation.
While Italy’s refusal to engage in the ruck during their Six Nations clash with England saw head coach Conor O’Shea lauded by just about everyone outside of England, tactical manoeuvrability has been taken to another level as one of the sides refuses to engage in the maul.
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Narbonne’s refusal to engage in the maul caused widespread confusion not just for the Vannes players but for the watching public. Narbonne’s ploy was unsuccessful however, as the referee blew it up and awarded Vannes a scrum, which (at best guess) meant that he felt the ball was “unplayable.”
That said, it is a tactic that, like England captain Dylan Hartley, will have had many scrambling for the law book.
Vannes, incidentally, went on to win the match 24-16.
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