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.
"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
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
Now follow the link to add other passes to your passing toolkit.