The reverse pass is a fairly rare pass in rugby. Useful when a player is
highly skilled, pushed for time, facing the wrong way and has a great
deal of confidence.
A pass is easier when your handling skills are up to scratch and you know the
rugby passing basics.
Wrong place wrong time - on the blind side
When you make a reverse pass add a good dollop of hope!
Hope that it will get you out of the crisis you are in and hope it will not
create a bigger crisis for your intented receiver.
Reverse pass, start
Say the ball unexpectedly
shot out of the scrum
on the blind side.
And say you are the scrum-half
and you have gone to pick it up
so you are facing the wrong way.
And say all the other backs are
far away on the open open side.
And say you get to the ball
four huge ogres appear
wearing the same shirts
as the opposition team.
And say they make you think you had better get rid of the ball pretty quickly.
In other words you are in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Then and only then you just might think of using this pass.
And even then decide it`s best not to!!
How to make a reverse pass
The image above shows the start of this pass. It`s actually a bit earlier
with the ball held in two hands out in front of you.
I have probably taken my left hand off the ball too soon and the ball should be
more in line with my body. But you get the idea.
The ball is supposed to be going to the same sort of area
and going the same sort of distance as it would if you had time
to make a ground pass or dive pass when facing in the opposite direction.
Reverse pass, finish
From the start position you swiftly pull back towards yourself
and finish off sweeping one arm down one side of your body.
You release the ball out of the back of your hand and the ball goes shooting
towards the player you had in mind when you first had the crackpot idea
of throwing the ball backwrds.
Well that`s the theory anyway!
I included the this image not because it was a great effort
but because the ball is still visible and helps describe the action.
That attempt was actually too low. My better efforts tended to have
a higher trajectory.
I suspect the hand holding the ball should arc down to the release point
and release the ball, maybe rising slightly.
Perhaps if you practice enough you will get it right and be hailed
as the next Gareth Edwards.
However, I suggest your time would be better spent if instead you
learn rugby sidesteps!
Summary of main points for this pass
disguised long pass
suitable for only highly skilled player with plenty of time to practice
know where your target is, you cannot see them!
ball exits from back of hand
hope for success rather than expect it
Spend time on this one if you are bored. You may use it once in a lifetime.
There are plenty more to learn before this one - just follow the link below.