Knowing a Ruck from a Maul in Rugby
Sometimes it can be tricky for rugby players — and spectators! — to understand the slight difference between a ruck and a maul. But here’s a simple explanation that should help:
In a ruck, the ball is on the ground.
In a maul, the ball is generally in the hands of a player.
To put it simply: Off the ground, it’s a maul; on the ground, it’s a ruck.