A video showing mini rugby players how to drop a goal

There have been many significant drop-goals over the years, not least Jonny Wilkinson’s World Cup-winning one for England in 2003.

Australia’s Stephen Larkham also slotted a long-range drop-goal to seal an extra-time win over South Africa at RWC 1999 and four years earlier Joel Stransky dissected the posts with one to hand the Springboks the Webb Ellis Cup. Even in last year’s final, Dan Carter slotted an important drop-goal in New Zealand’s defeat of Australia – a tactic the All Blacks previously wouldn’t have employed.

So how do you master the skill? Watch this video to see a young player demonstrating how to drop a goal. It’s important to spread your hands across the ball and keep in contact with it as long as you can so it lands upright.

Strike the ball immediately when it hits the floor and keep your chest facing the ball, then shift your body weight towards the target. As with everything practise makes perfect – and then you can aim to produce match-winning drop-goals just like the global stars mentioned above.

In every issue of Rugby World magazine you will find step-by-step guides on how to perform various skills to help mini rugby players develop their overall game. Mini rugby coach Nigel Botherway also provides details of different training games minis can play, which are fun and help to improve skill levels.

We have also produced videos showing mini players performing various skills so you can practise replicating what they do to learn the correct technique and improve your game.

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