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Hitting the angles with the box-kick

John Griffiths October 16, 2013
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Where exactly on the field of play is the so-called 'Box'? Peter Campbell, England

This is the defending side's blind-side area bounded by the touchline and goalline and whose corners are marked by their scrum-half, fly-half, full-back and blind-side wing.

The box kick is a tactic used by an attacking side that aims to land a lofted punt or chip into this area, usually from a set-piece for their blind-side wing to chase.

John Griffiths is a widely respected rugby historian and is the author of several sports books, a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and co-author of the IRB International Rugby Yearbook. He has provided insight for Scrum.com since 1999.

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John Griffiths is a widely respected rugby historian and is the author of several sports books, a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and co-author of the IRB International Rugby Yearbook. He has provided insight for Scrum.com since 1999.
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