I had read about the IRB's new proposal to the breakdown laws and didn't like them...so off the cuff here are mine lol! Tackled player has 3 ref seconds to release "1 2 3".....no pauses in the counting. When saying "3" the ball carrier must have no hands on it. All players can play the ball with their hands if they are on their feet. Players on ground must not play the ball. Attacking players only can seal the ball for their team. Defending players can come through the gate...step over players on the ground....stand on the other side of the ruck and pick up the opposition ball. If they fall over in any direction then they must retire back to their onside. If they are pushed away (yet still maintain their feet) from the ball arrival area of the attacking team then they must start again and retire to their onside. Defending players lying on the ruck area cannot prevent the ball (seal) from coming out to the attacking team. They must roll away if possible and ESPECIALLY if they are on the attacking teams side of the ruck. Any discreet or deliberate sealing by a defender is a penalty. Maul situation rules are to remain the same except the collapsing of a maul is only a penalty if a defending player hits the ground first. If a maul collapses with an attacker going to ground first then that is not a penalty. Defenders are allowed to try and attempt to ground an attacking player in an attempt to stop a maul as long as the defender remains standing. All infringement are penalties and all infringees are sinbinned (no warnings) for 5 mins.