The Wilf Paish rugby tests – named after the late British Olympics athletics coach – examine a player’s general fitness. All you need is a pitch, cones, 30m tape measure, stopwatch and a helper… MORE
Get ready for a safer rugby experience in 2021
Here’s a headline that’s not going to get your players back to training quickly: Tackling and Fitness Training.
However, as we focus on safety and reducing the exposure to a concussion, all the most recent data suggests we need to have better-prepared players. In particular, the fitter the player, the stronger they are, and more likely they will not be compromised technically. Technically, because the tackle is the most likely area for a concussion, we need to improve tackle basics.
Training sessions should provide some of the fitness outcomes you want just within the session itself if you keep the intensity high enough. In reality, that’s never enough. Fitness testing provides a good way to encourage players to work on their own fitness outside sessions.
For tackling basics, I would try to make it as close to the game as possible. That means using games as part of the learning or relearing process.
First, here’s a Your three-week tackle tonic to bring your players back up to speed. Then, try Contact basics in the tackle with Richard Hill, the former England flanker, who worked in elite age-grade coaching.
So, if you want to appeal to longevity and safety, then these are key elements within your session planning.