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Watch Ben Kay Describe How New Law Changes Will Affect The Maul

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: (L-R) John Beattie , Richie Gray and Jonny Gray of Scotland compete at a maul during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield Stadium on February 15, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The maul is about to undergo a fundamental change.

Although World Rugby announced changes to the laws governing the maul in June of last year, they have yet to come into effect.

As a result, at the end of last month Super Rugby referees announced that they would be applying the new laws during the upcoming season.

Although the changes have not yet been introduced in the northern hemisphere, the various forwards coaches will no doubt be be paying particular attention as to how they are implemented over the course of the Super Rugby season.

The new laws will see the ripper, the player who takes the ball from the initial carrier in a maul, remain attached to the ball carrier, in order to avoid accidental offside.

If the ripper wants to move the ball to the back of the maul, it must be fed or passed back. This stops the practice whereby the ripper received the ball and swims to back of the maul, behind the series of players driving forward.

Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena

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