It is quite common to see that on most high school teams, only 1 or 2 players are the designated primary kicker - whether that is for kick-offs, kicks for touch, or conversions. As we often mention in our presentations, most of the time, the position you play in high school is rarely the position you will play in college. While you were a center, it is possible, a program sees you better off as a flyhalf or a fullback where kicking may be an important skill to have. Or, as a flyhalf, maybe you're not usually a kicker, but if you had that skill, you might be more sought after in the recruiting game. Either way, being able to kick (even as a forward!) can increase your overall value to a program and is something that can easily be practiced on your own - all you need is a ball and some space! St. Bonaventure University’s Head Coach Tui Osborne adds, “Kicking is a very important component of the game. While “out of hand kicking” is crucial for relieving pressure and gaining territory, having a great placekicker could completely change the outcome of the game. This skillset can be utilized as a great tool at all levels, from youth rugby to professional rugby.”
I urge all players to use their summer wisely and work on building their kicking skills. Never kicked before? No problem! It’s worth it to start trying and there’s no time like the present.
Check out some great kicking tips from various top-level kicking coaches: