Wanted: one national goal-kicking coach. Must love frequent flyer points.

For the Tour, Foley kicked 19 goals from 25 attempts, a success rate of 76%. It’s marginally down from his 2016 success rate of 76.3%, and down further from his career figure of 76.8%. Image via Wallabies Facebook

For the Spring Tour, Bernard Foley kicked 19 goals from 25 attempts, a success rate of 76%. It’s marginally down from his 2016 success rate of 76.3%, and down further from his career figure of 76.8%. And it’s all indicative of a wider problem in Australia. Image via Wallabies Facebook

The Roar: Bernard Foley’s Spring Tour goal-kicking was far from the only issue the Wallabies need to address in 2017, but it did raise a broader issue that has afflicted Australian rugby at the highest levels for several years now.

In reality, Australian kickers just haven’t reached the lofty – or ‘match-winning’, to put it another way – heights of 80% for any consistent period, never mind over their career.

And in this day an age where specialist skills like scrummaging, and lineout throwing, and indeed, kicking out of hand have specialist coaches charged with their oversight, why is it that Australian goal-kickers haven’t progressed from that fair-to-middling pack?

 

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