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Rugby HQ's Top 5 Ridiculous Passes of All Time

Rugby HQ's Top 5 Ridiculous Passes of All Time
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This week’s Top 5 from Rugby HQ features some of the most ‘ridiculous’ passes ever attempted on a rugby field, by some of the most flamboyant players. Quade Cooper was in studio to watch first hand, and unsurprisingly, he made it onto the list.

When you think of high risk passes, Cooper certainly comes to mind. One pass in particular in fact. So it’s no big surprise that he’s made it onto this list of the Top 5 Ridiculous Passes of all time.

Incidentally, he is expected to be named in the Wallabies 40-man squad for the Rugby Championship on Friday. His relationship with former coach Robbie Deans clearly wasn’t working out, to the point that he was left out of the squad for the British & Irish Lions tour, but now with former Reds coach Ewen McKenzie at the helm we can expect things to be back to normal.

“Hopefully my name will be up there with the rest of the boys,” Cooper said. “It will be exciting to be involved with the Wallabies again. But I’m not taking anything for granted.

“I’ve learnt a fair bit about myself, especially about hard work and attitude. Those things go a long way on and off the field. The harder you work off the field, the more it shows on the field.”

Sonny Bill Williams is another notable selection. The man that took the one handed offload and made it his own is now plying his trade in the NRL, but don’t be surprised to see him back in Super Rugby next season, with the aim of joining up with the All Blacks for the 2015 RWC.

Legend Carlos Spencer makes the cut with his through the legs effort against the Springboks at the World Cup in 2003, and Tamati Ellisson’s stunner from a few weeks back is there too.

At number one Campo’s no look effort to Tim Horan, way back in 1991, comes out trumps.

They’re all from the Southern Hemisphere, being that Rugby HQ on Fox Sports is an Australian show, so if there’s any others you can think of feel free to mention or link to them in the comments below. Linked Youtube videos can now be viewed within the comments board, so try it out.

Which other famous or ridiculously good passes would you have included?

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  • Agreed, SH bias

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  •  thirteen
    thirteen

    How about this one from shaggy? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW7HgpvlLFs

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  •  kadova
    kadova

    It's on youtube, Spencer-like pass http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=db-LmYiR2sg

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  • The passes leading to Tommy Bowe's try against Scotland in the 2008 Six Nations: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUGhQEyac2c

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  •  s_conner
    s_conner

    Some orgasmic stuff there! My vote is for the Fijian combo in the sevens - old skool skills in a big game

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  •  connachtfan
    connachtfan

    Bit biased towards SHemisphere but a bit of funregardless....

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  •  nivek
    nivek

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ldqFm2Ajxs ^They should have included this one. Oh quade... xD

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  •  mastersa
    mastersa

    Definately, should have been there. http://youtu.be/KzvnexjWJYg

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  •  rugbydump
    rugbydump

    Not sure how we missed that one. Brilliant

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  • Agreed

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  • Yeah that was pretty sick, took a lot of guts too.

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  •  cheyanqui
    cheyanqui

    1990 Hong Kong Sevens Final -- NZL v FIJ, the crazy overhead to tunnel pass to Tomasi Cama. http://www.rugbydump.com/2006/10/28/typical-fijian-flair-hong-kong-sevens-1990 Score them as 1a and 1b, and add some Scottish narrative from McLaren....

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  •  paimoe
    paimoe

    Daaaammmnnnnnn

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  •  thistle_dave
    thistle_dave

    Classic - the 'Toony Flip' from 1995 - Gregor Townsend's backhand offload that sent Gavin Hastings under the posts in the dying seconds for Scotland's first win in Paris in 26 years

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  •  yupyupgup
    yupyupgup

    for me it's the fact Ellison is pretty much on the ground and Dagg flying out for the intercept made it better. There isn't much pressure on Cooper when he does his pass.

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  •  brawnybalboa
    brawnybalboa

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6jLJDn4Crw

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  •  brawnybalboa
    brawnybalboa

    Liam Williams' offload for the winning try in the first Wales-Japan test was pretty good! Best I had seen in a while

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  •  drg
    drg

    Hmmm not sure. I'd say the "leaving the hands" was better than Coopers, but Coopers distance puts his ahead for me...

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  •  yupyupgup
    yupyupgup

    Gotta love Rugby HQ's bias. Ellison's pass is definitely the best out of them all! Absolutely mind boggling!

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