Round the corner pass

The round the corner pass is useful but not used widely in rugby. Valuable for keeping the ball alive after being tackled when support is near at hand.


You have a solid start with good handling skills and when you know your rugby passing basics.

Colin Meads` left leg

Me and Colin Meads` left leg Me and Colin Meads` left leg

If you have followed the link from "Rugby passing" you would know I mentioned being tackled by a brick toilet block.

I was just kidding!

This photo is more suitable. It`s the day I had to get around Colin Meads` left leg!

If you don`t know - look him up. He`s an NZ rugby legend.

Okay... there was just nobody around to tackle me for the photo.

You need to think ahead for this one. Raise your arms as the opposition make the tackle.

This keeps your arms free. Stops them being pinned to your body. Be sure you have a good grip on the ball.

How do you make a round the corner pass

Round the corner pass of a rugby ball finishing position Round the corner, finish

Having kept your arms free, the one nearest the tackler can be used to protect yourself and the ball.

The other is free to make the pass round the back of the tackling player.

If necessary, press the ball against your forearm with your fingers so you can move it about with one hand to get the best position for the pass.

The target of the pass is the support player coming through on the burst.

The two main things to practice are thrusting your arms upwards to keep the ball avaiable and pressing the ball onto your forearm to maintain one handed control.

If your hand is large enough to simply cup the ball and lob the pass, so much the better because you don`t need to hold onto the ball. There is rarely much time to get this pass away.

Practice with players likely to be close to you on the field so they know the pass is possible and they are used to catching one on the burst.

Summary of round the corner technique

  • arms up early, keeps ball available
  • ball into one hand, ready for pass

  • shortish pass
  • know where your real target is

Not used very often but very effective when you perform it well. Make sure you know plenty of other passes. You will need them more than this one.