The swing pass is a blast from the past of rugby. Still valuable. Good for general passing to move the ball around the field and for selling a dummy.
It`s a must - you have good handling skills and know the basics of rugby passing.
Less fashionable these days but still very useful.
I have also seen it called the "fall away" pass and the "hip sink" pass because you sink down at the hips.
"Swing pass, start
This is an old style pass from days of rugby gone by but it still has a place in rugby today.
You would use it for longer passes where spiral passes are commonly used.
When making spiral passes players often tend to run across the field but this pass allows you to run straighter and still get a good pass away.
Reasons you may want to use it
To your potential tackler seeing you balanced precariously on one leg is a sure sign you are about to pass.
The stance allows you to put more effort into the pass. It also sends you in the opposite direction to the pass.
If you are convincing and time things well you serve up a wonderful dummy pass.
All you have to do is keep hold of the ball, and you`re moving in the opposite direction to the indicated pass.
Swing pass, finish
Use two hands and turn towards your target.
You see your target while running straight and it helps protect your softer bits in the tackle.
Throw your outside leg towards your target. This provides balance for a very vigorous arm action.
Pull your arms to the side of your body opposite to where the pass is going.
Swing your arms in the direction of the target and release the ball with a flick of your wrists. Co-ordinating that with throwing out your leg as shown.
Suitable for a range of distances.
Now follow the link to add other passes to your passing toolkit.