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Ex-Pie intent on bringing back football's lost art to North Melbourne


New North Melbourne coach David Noble has given his players license to try torpedo kicks this year, revealing assistant coach Anthony Rocca is trying to teach the playing group how to perfect the popular kick.

Rocca, who was a notable torp specialist during his playing days with Collingwood, recently joined the club as their new ruck coach.

Noble said he was keen to give Rocca “a bit of a license” to help train the art of the long kick.

“We have Anthony Rocca on board as our ruck coach and we give him a bit of a license to teach our guys how to teach torps,” he said on SEN’s Dwayne’s World.

“You never know, by the end of the year we might be launching a few.

“None of our guys have been people to out-kick (Anthony) Rocca at the moment, so he still has them covered."

Noble said he was keen to bring back the dying art of the torpedo kick with his playing group, saying he had spoken to Rocca about how it could be used during games in 2021.

“I don’t mind having those areas of the game,” he said.

“It’s a bit of a lost art and I did have a chat to him genuinely about teaching the guys the art of kicking a good torpedo.

“I am surprised (it’s a bit of a lost art), it would be nice if we could get a couple (of players) who could get on to them. Jaidyn Stephenson doesn’t actually go too bad with it."

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