A box kick is a high over-the-shoulder kick used mostly by scrum-halves in tight attacking or defensive situations.
Usually taken from a scrum or a line-out on the blindside, or short side, of the pitch a big advantage of using a box kick is that it puts the rest of your team mates onside.
The scrum-half aims to place the ball behind the opposition forwards and isolate the opposing winger or fullback- with his own wingers chasing hard there is a great opportunity for a turnover.
Every team and 90% of scrum-halves will use the box kick through out the game.
Coming into the game at present is a new tactic regarding the box kick, instead of executing the traditional kick (high & long), teams are starting to employ the ‘dink box.’ This is a shorter kick that travels over the ruck into space in between the opposing wingers- it has had very good success for the kicking side and as always keeps the opposition guessing.