The place kick is used for a kick-off or kicking at goal.
Both have different purposes in the game, but the technique is the same. A good place kicker can be the difference between winning and losing a match.
Penalties are always given away in modern rugby, so you have to punish your opponents by making the kick for goal count.
If you are the team kicker, it is important you make the big kicks when they matter, especially in pressure situations.
Use a kicking tee, sand or dig a divot in the ground with your heel and place the ball, aiming the ball straight towards the intended direction.
Lean the ball forwards slightly to expose the "sweet spot".
This is the area of the ball where you will get the best distance - about a third of the way up the ball.
Before pacing out your run-up, stand over the ball in the kicking position to make sure it is in the right place to strike.
Measure out a run-up and concentrate on the sweet spot. The length of the run up is entirely down to you, just as long as you feel comfortable.
Relax and focus on the job at hand - think positively - think of the ball going straight through the posts.
Run up to the ball in an arc with your body turned 45 degrees.
Turn your non-kicking shoulder side on to the target.
Place your supporting foot as near to the ball as possible for stability. Keep your body weight forward and over the ball.
Swing through the strike zone, making contact with the instep of your foot.
Make sure you follow through with your toes pointing in the direction of the ball.