The Foot-Ball Interaction in Rugby Union Place Kicking
Place kicking contributes 45% of all points scored in Rugby Union.
One of the unique aspects of place kicking is the ability of kickers to use a tee and ball orientation of their preference. Given the ‘egg shaped’ nature of a rugby ball, this clearly has implications for the mechanics of the impact between the foot and the ball.
This research project will use both empirical and theoretical biomechanical methods to understand the foot-ball interaction, with the objective of informing the ball setup preferences of place kickers to ultimately enhance their success rates.