Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill has hit out at the new scrummaging laws ahead of the new season.
Cockerill, a former hooker himself for England and Leicester Tigers, revealed that Aviva Premiership coaches were not consulted over the law changes before they were introduced.
Furthermore, Cockerill has safety concerns regarding for modern hookers who must wait with one leg raised along with pushing in the scrum until the ball is put in, describing it as a safety risk.
The 2012-2013 champions open their campaign against Worcester Warriors next weekend.
"You have got a whole generation of hookers who have never had to do that," said Cockerill to the Daily Telegraph.
"The guys these days are much, much heavier. With one foot up in the air, are you telling me that's safe? None of us have been consulted.
"The teams engage and have to hold off pushing until the ref tells the scrum-half it's OK to put the ball in, and to put it in straight.
"After 15 years of ignoring it, that's ridiculous. You're exchanging one mess for another mess."