World Cup winning defence guru Phil Larder outlines his nine side on tackle essentials. MORE
Top tackling techniques and even better tackling activities
Players can always improve their tackle technique.
And Phil Larder, who was the architect of England rugby’s Iron Curtain defence when they topped the world, shows us how. Follow his Side-on tackle essentials, and share the video with your players. Challenge them to coach themselves, so they can recall all the key pointers and then highlight when they made a technically excellent tackle.
They can test them out in activities like How low should you go? This is a great warm-up before you get into the more heavy duty tackling situations.
For younger and developing players, Side-on tackle reactions adds a further element of randomness, so the tackler has to adjust their targeting and work on either shoulder, rather than just their preferred one.
Finally, try out the game Sidewinders. It creates more chances for side-on tackles, though it may be that any type of tackle will do. Keep referring back to the tackling essentials from Phil Larder though.