Rugby For Dummies
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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.

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Mathew Brown is America's most prolific rugby writer. In 2010, he produced and hosted Rugby World on FOX Sports Net. Brown began his rugby career at Occidental College. He's been a member of various rugby clubs, from Missoula to Riga, and he played internationally for Latvia. Brown also has coached at the collegiate and club level. Patrick Guthrie is the director of broadcast and sports development for the City of Glendale, Colorado. Greg Growden is a rugby correspondent and author of Gold, Mud 'n' Guts.

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