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Thursday Feb 28, 2019

This Will Greenwood drop goal innovation is actually being taken seriously

Former England centre Will Greenwood has come up with a new and innovative way to slot drop goals, causing quite an amount of debate. The method has been called something that might change the sport, but the sceptics are still out there, and most will say rightly so. 

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Greenwood, who was there when Jonny Wilkinson famously slotted a match-winning drop goal in the 2003 World Cup final, released this short video on twitter this week.

The concept is fairly simple – get someone else to ‘drop’ the ball, rather than the guy who does the kicking. The thinking behind it is that as it’s closer to the ground, there is less chance of error and all the kicker needs to do is swing through towards the posts, thus creating the ‘unmissable drop goal’.

With Greenwood being his usual passionate self, it’s difficult to tell how serious he really is. Especially when taking into account that he tagged a brand, Canterbury, in his post.

The obvious comparisons to field goals in American Football have been made, with the only difference there that it’s placed, not dropped.

Even if this is legal, which it may well be, there are a number of factors that have to be taken into account.


And if this were actually ever attempted in a match, a revision of the law book may well be needed.

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Gimic or serious? Let us know what you think of this, either way!

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