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Forward as primary kicker

  • 12-03-2021 10:42pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 518 ✭✭✭ blackvalley


    Hi.
    Just wondering if its ever happened where a club or indeed a country has had a forward as their main place kicker .
    You probably realise from the question that my knowledge of rugby is quite limited.
    Thanks. :)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,626 ✭✭✭ Buddy Bubs


    Hi.
    Just wondering if its ever happened where a club or indeed a country has had a forward as their main place kicker .
    You probably realise from the question that my knowledge of rugby is quite limited.
    Thanks. :)

    Amateur club level yes. We had a number 8 who was a gaa free taker and he kicked at goal in rugby too. Was pretty good at it too

    Haven't seen it in professional apart from the odd one here and there as a backup. John eales etc


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,945 ✭✭✭✭ razorblunt


    John Eales was a good man for a phunt.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 49,428 CMod ✭✭✭✭ awec


    Would never happen in the modern pro game. Forwards specialise in forwards things like scrums and lineouts. They would not have the time to also specialise in place kicks.


  • Registered Users Posts: 21,043 ✭✭✭✭ Squidgy Black


    awec wrote: »
    Would never happen in the modern pro game. Forwards specialise in forwards things like scrums and lineouts. They would not have the time to also specialise in place kicks.

    Cian Healy would fight you for saying that kind of thing.

    https://twitter.com/murray_kinsella/status/1054001886838378497


  • Registered Users Posts: 786 ✭✭✭ RGS


    John eales kicked a few penalties for Australia.

    Going back to the 70's John Taylor a flanker, took kicks left footed for wales.

    And I think Gordon brown kicked for Scotland in the 70's.

    I do remember zinzan Brookes scored with a drop goal from close to the half way line.


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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 49,428 CMod ✭✭✭✭ awec


    Cian Healy would fight you for saying that kind of thing.

    https://twitter.com/murray_kinsella/status/1054001886838378497

    Cian Healy isn't the main place kicker. ;)


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,052 ✭✭✭ arsebiscuits1


    Rare enough in senior men's game.

    Hannah O'Connor is a backrow and has been known to kick for Leinster


  • Registered Users Posts: 872 ✭✭✭ TomsOnTheRoof


    John Eales Kicked over 150 points for Australia, including the winning penalty in a Bledisloe Cup game (competition held between NZ and Aus).


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,047 ✭✭✭ Bazzo


    Cian Healy would fight you for saying that kind of thing.

    https://twitter.com/murray_kinsella/status/1054001886838378497

    Ironic that he's the one who took such great offense to John Muldoon (successfully) kicking a conversion


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,746 ✭✭✭ c.p.w.g.w


    Keith Earle was a back row when he played u14's with thomond, and took the kicks


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  • Registered Users Posts: 518 ✭✭✭ blackvalley


    Thanks for all the interesting info.
    Now another question.
    Is the hooker ALWAYS the lineout thrower.
    Tks.


  • Registered Users Posts: 872 ✭✭✭ TomsOnTheRoof


    Thanks for all the interesting info.
    Now another question.
    Is the hooker ALWAYS the lineout thrower.
    Tks.

    Nowadays they are but it wasn't always like that. At one time wingers threw the ball in.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,233 ✭✭✭ Yeah_Right


    I knew as soon as I saw this thread some prick would bring up John Eales!! **** you all 🀬 especially the poster that mentioned the winning penalty in the Bledisloe Cup match. I think that was in 2000 in Wellington and no I'm not still bitter about it.

    There were a few forwards in rugby league that were first choice kickers. One that I remember was Gavin Hill who switched to league from union but I don't think he ever took a shot at goal in union.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,305 ✭✭✭ Dubinusa


    Generations ago, Wales lock Alan Martin kicked a penalty from inside his own half.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,111 ✭✭✭ Lost Ormond


    Ben Healys brother plays hooker and has kicked on quite a few occasions in AIL for Nenagh.

    Thanks for all the interesting info.
    Now another question.
    Is the hooker ALWAYS the lineout thrower.
    Tks.

    No they are not and they dont have to be. Nearly always will be at the top level but you can occasionally see a prop or backrow throw in at lower levels


  • Registered Users Posts: 719 ✭✭✭ penybont exile


    Dubinusa wrote: »
    Generations ago, Wales lock Alan Martin kicked a penalty from inside his own half.
    good ole toe poke ..... steel toecaps came in useful back in the day.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,626 ✭✭✭ Buddy Bubs


    Yeah_Right wrote: »
    I knew as soon as I saw this thread some prick would bring up John Eales!! **** you all 🀬 especially the poster that mentioned the winning penalty in the Bledisloe Cup match. I think that was in 2000 in Wellington and no I'm not still bitter about it.

    There were a few forwards in rugby league that were first choice kickers. One that I remember was Gavin Hill who switched to league from union but I don't think he ever took a shot at goal in union.

    Andy Farrell was first choice kicker in that savage wigan rugby league team he played for as far as I remember. Think he was a forward.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,583 ✭✭✭ Bogwoppit


    Martyn Williams took a kick in the penalty shoot out between Cardiff and Leicester in the 2009 HC semi, I think he was 7th choice. Lost them the game when he missed.


  • Registered Users Posts: 527 ✭✭✭ All My Stars Aligned


    French scrum 9's used to throw into lineouts if memory serves. I think this was during the 80's & early 90's


  • Subscribers Posts: 36,273 ✭✭✭✭ sydthebeat


    French scrum 9's used to throw into lineouts if memory serves. I think this was during the 80's & early 90's

    Folau fakatava was throwing into the line last week when Ash Dixon the hooker was in the bin.

    He threw underhand and it was glorious


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