1 | Put the ball in the tee or use your boot heel to make a pivot.
2 | Aim the ball by leaning it towards the goalposts at a 45° angle, with the seams facing out.
3 | Take three long steps backwards away from the ball. Check you’re still lined up with the ball. Take two steps to your left or right (your preference) and aim for a specific target between the posts.
4 | Focus your energy into your kicking foot by swinging your arms into a clap. If you ever wondered why
the pros clap before kicking, this is what they are doing.
5 | Begin approach. You should run the same number of steps you took away from the ball and follow the same path you marked out. This will see you curl into the ball.
6 | As you near the ball, position your non-kicking foot as close to the tee as possible, making sure your head is directly over the ball and your shoulders are facing the posts. Shift your weight onto this foot as you swing
your kicking foot into the ball.
7 | As you curve in to the ball, you will generate more power and be in an optimum position to strike the ball with your kicking foot. You want to kick the ball with the area between your ankle and your instep. A rugby ball’s ‘sweet spot’ is roughly a third up from the tee.
8 | Follow through with your foot once you’ve kicked the ball. In other words, keep your leg swinging.
9 | Celebrate your glorious conversion!