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Sunday, May 04, 2014

Canadian Conor Trainor's sublime foot control at the Glasgow Sevens

With some of the most gifted players in world rugby taking part, the World Sevens Series is a platform to showcase some great skills. Speed and stepping are often at the forefront, but as seen here, footballing ability goes a long way too.

Against France on Day One of the Glasgow Sevens, Trainer was on the end of a drifting pass that was out just a bit too far in front of him. Rather that reach down and possibly risk knocking it on, he did what any incredibly talented player would do - casually controlled and flicked it up with his foot.

He then outran the defence, and glided inside one of France's best players, Terry Bouhraoua.

The last time we saw something similar to this in the Sevens was when Wales' Tom Grabham did pretty much the exact same thing against Argentina in 2012, also in Glasgow funnily enough.

On the Test scene Simon Zebo, as mentioned in this clip, did it in the Six Nations with a backheel against two years ago, but it could probably be argued that both Grabham and Trainer's moments were more impressive and required more control. Football gurus can debate that though.

In last year's Six Nations Vincent Clerc volleyed a crosskick in-field to nearly set up a try against Scotland, and back in 2009 Lionel Beauxis produced one of the most sublime bits of skill seen on a rugby field, as he volleyed and controlled the ball with ease against Bath.

Dimitri Yachvili has also backheeled a pass to set up a try before, and last year Munster's Rohan O'Mahony flicked the ball up to James Coughlan to set up a try. There was all sorts of debate about whether that was intentional or not, so you can take a look and add your two cents on that post.

The theme with all of these efforts is that while size, physicality and fitness as so key to rugby these days, there's still place and appreciation for the showman, and those with incredible skill.

Enjoy Trainer's effort below, and the other moments mentioned in the Related Posts below that

Posted by Rugbydump at 10:09 am | View Comments (14)

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Posted in See it to Believe it, Sevens

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killy_mcgee May 04, 2014 11:52 am

lovely skill, pity the pass was a couple of metres forward

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DrG May 04, 2014 2:23 pm

...Do you geometry?

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boggy May 04, 2014 4:32 pm

Pity you don't understand the forward pass rule

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Guest May 05, 2014 6:24 pm

If that's forward then some of the best tries I've ever seen were never scored :(

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killy_mcgee May 05, 2014 3:33 pm

I think you perhaps need to have a closer look at the lines on the pitch, where the ball is released and where it is controlled.

And this

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DrG May 05, 2014 3:59 pm

I think you need to do a number of things...

Learn where the reply button is.
Learn the laws regarding forward passes and learn to ignore the lines on the pitch.
...as far as English goes, if I have to elaborate on my comment then it is really going to lose all meaning.

Aside from that, welcome to RD :D

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DanKnapp May 06, 2014 9:04 am

killy_mcgee, do you offer courses in making a good first impression on online forums?

As DrG and other regulars here know well, the lines on the pitch are actually not helpful when making decisions about forward passes. There has been a clarification in the laws which means that a pass is not adjudged to be forward or backward on the direction in which it travels, but by the direction in which it is released.

Momentum of a running player means that a ball released backwards out of the hands can actually end up travelling forwards from the point of release. Imagine a ball being thrown backwards out of a car - it will still travel forwards.

The IRB/Total Rugby released a video to clarify this, which most people here have already seen, but which is very useful.


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flanker2712 May 05, 2014 4:10 pm

Great skill.

I actually do wonder if Ronaldo would be proud of that. I think it would be interesting to see some world class footballers try to control a rugby ball.

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Guy May 05, 2014 5:44 pm

If by 'interesting' you mean 'utterly annoying' I'm completely with you ;-)

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DanKnapp May 06, 2014 9:06 am

I've seen videos of footballers controlling a rugby ball with sickening skill, so I would imagine that all professional footballers could have a decent go at this... buuuut that doesn't detract from the fact that anyone who attempted this would need a shitload of skill.

Love it. A great piece of skill.

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db May 07, 2014 10:04 pm

Back in 2003, there was this clip featuring Jonny Wilkinson and David Beckham having a go at kicking the round/oval ball respectively.


I seem to remember there was a version that showed more of the ridiculous keepy-uppy bit. Can't find it on the web though.

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Vladimir May 05, 2014 4:27 pm

Sublime, indeed.

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papayou May 06, 2014 8:18 pm

wonderfull skills! Beauxis's one against bath in 2009 is pretty amazing too but let's also remember how in the next game against bath he made a fool of himself... funniest try ever

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