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The Most Audacious Try In Rugby History Might Be This 'Overhead Back Heel'

The Most Audacious Try In Rugby History Might Be This 'Overhead Back Heel'

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Alan Knuckey, the Charlton Park Rugby Club player who took the internet by storm when he pulled off a piece of skill that is worthy of champions.

Knuckey admits that it took many failed attempts in a 15 year period to produce this magnificent 'overhead back heel' assist, but on this wonderful day in 2016, he managed to take out a few opponents with one swoop of the right boot.

The London-born player then ran the length of the pitch to score one of the all-time great amateur rugby tries. I mean, just look at this.

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Knuckey, who plays as a scrum-half, described the above as his 'finest ever rugby moment' in an interview via ITV Sport.

"Last play of the game. I look to Luke Boyns on the side line and say, shall I try the back heel," Knuckley posted on his Facebook page.

"He dares me, I accept. 15 years I've attempted this. Never have I finished it off. This may be my finest ever rugby moment."

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Image: Alan Knuckey/YouTube
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Well, we've witnessed a moment of utter genius, so let's take a look at a moment of madness in a Rugby Sevens Game, last year.

One rugby rule that is pretty simple to understand is that you can't pass the ball forward. Everyone knows that, right? Apparently not.

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A Samoan rugby 7s player managed to forget the rules in the London 7s at the worst moment, when he'd already gone past the try line:


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Fortunately for the lad, Samoa went on to win 26-10 but it was Fiji who won the tournament, knocking up their fourth win in a row

Topics: Rugby, Rugby news, Rugby Union, Skills

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.