It’s not always easy to get young players to embrace contact which is why we’ve spent so much time devising and testing contact drills that will help your players grow in confidence. Use them alongside our tackling drills to develop a team of players that are comfortable making and taking contact.

The 5Fs for ball carriers

in Contact

The battle that takes place after the tackle is one of the most underappreciated areas of the game. The 5 F’s give you some ideas as to what to develop in players to gain an attacking advantage in these scenarios. In many instances, we see the attacker as a passive participant in the tackle until they get to the ground. However, in a number of games, it’s frequently the actions of the attacker in these scenarios that can make a difference to the result.  MORE

Latch and smash

in Contact, Practice plans

Here is an easy-to-coach contact technique that will help break through defensive lines. It is especially good if you have a smaller team, a support player simply latches on to the ball carrier and pushes him through the defender. MORE

Out of the firing line

in Contact

Use this simple ball carrying trick to help your players retain more ball in contact. The session works on developing your players’ ability to rip down the ball just before contact whilst, unusually, targeting a defende MORE

Pod-by-pod go forward

in Attack, Contact, Practice plans

In the multi-phase game, it is essential forwards are used in small groups. Each group wins the next breakdown in turn, avoiding aimless shifting from one ruck to the next. These groups are called “pods”. This session develops a pod system. MORE

Through the middle

in Contact

A bread and butter session working on beating an organised defence which is right in front of the ball carrier. Sometimes there’s no choice but to go through the defence. MORE

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