Swing pass

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.

Useful medium length pass

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.

Player shows swing pass starting position "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

  • it extends your repetoire of passes you can never have too many!
  • it makes it easy to convince opponents you are going to pass but then "dummy" instead.

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.

How to make this easy to catch pass

Player shows swing pass finishing position 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.


  • mainly for medium passes, sometimes long passes
  • used mostly by backs, rarely by forwards

  • stretched out leg balances vigorous arm action
  • keep eyes and thoughts on the target

  • imagine arms and fingers guiding ball to target
  • good for dummy passes

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