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If a player chooses not to pass the ball to a team mate or run with it, that player may kick the ball instead. The kick can travel forwards, but any team mates in front of the ball at the moment the ball is kicked are out of play until either they retire behind the kicker or are played onside by a team mate.

Retaining possession of the ball following a kick is a challenge. Kicking strategies include:

  • kicking into space, so that team mates have time to run onto the ball before an opponent can get to it
  • kicking out wide, at an oblique angle to the field, so that the wing or outside centre can catch the ball
  • kicking the ball to touch (off the field of play) resulting in a lineout with the throw-in to the opposition. This concedes possession of the ball but allows the kicking team to contest for the ball in a much more advantageous position on the field.
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