The ground pass is a specialist skill in rugby. It is a long pass used mainly to move the ball from low down behind a scrum or ruck to other players on the field.
You play good rugby and pass with great skill when you have good handling skills.It`s important, you know the passing basics.
This pass is usually used in one particular set of circumstances.
These circumstances occur when the ball appears at the base of a scrum or ruck.
The ball must be passed to other players on the field, usually the ball will be removed and passed by the scrum half.
Opponents cannot approach until the ball is "out" of the scrum or ruck.
This means the ball has to appear outside, behind the last feet of the players in the scrum or ruck.
So when you are removing the ball you can take advantage of the situation.
Ground pass starting position
You get set in this ground pass position and get your hands on the ball while it is still "in" the scrum or ruck.
Until you remove it from behind the last feet you cannot be tackled.
With the positioning shown your arms are already wound up ready for a pass.
Best positioning for your leg facing the direction of the pass is to have your heel on the ground toe pointing upwards.
You pivot over your heel and when you are eventually standing your foot will be pointing more directly at your target giving greater accuracy.
Ground pass finish position
You simply whip your arms across your body sweeping the ball off the ground in one continuous, fluid movement.
At the same time you pivot over your heel, rise on your legs and twist your body towards the target.
You release the ball and it is on the way to your target usually the fly-half.
Follow through with arms and fingers for greater accuracy.
There are two main advantages to this type of pass.
This in turn shortens the time it takes to make the pass and gives the receiver valuable time before being faced by a tackler.
Summary of ground pass
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