A video showing mini rugby players how to perfect the box-kick

Saracens and England scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth is a master box-kicker and practises his technique after every rugby session. He believes box-kicking has become more common in recent seasons because “teams realise you don’t need to throw the ball ten to 15 metres behind you for it to go forward”.

The box-kick is a great way to turn defence into attack and is a skill all scrum-halves should learn. This video shows you how to perfect the skill itself while there are other key components for a box-kick to be successful.

First, forwards should provide a defensive wall or guard around the edges of the ruck to protect the scrum-half from a charge-down by the opposition. Second, the chase needs to be effective – as the old saying goes, a kick is only as good as the chase! The wing nearest the ball should chase the kick at full pelt while the rest of the team move forward as a line, so they are in position to attack or defend depending who wins the contest for the ball.

This is just one of a series of videos Rugby World has put together to show mini rugby players how to perform various skills, from gripping the ball to the two-on-one. The aim is to help improve young players’ all-round game.

Every month Rugby World magazine features a ‘How To’ guide on a specific technique and a fun game to use in training that will keep the players entertained and help develop skills like the teamwork, communication, support play and evasive running.

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