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.

Perfect ball presentation

in Contact, Core skills

Quick ruck ball starts with flawless presentation. In the latest in our technical series, we explain how to ensure your players are spot on with their technique so that the 9 gets the ball on a plate… MORE

X-factor placement tips

in Contact, Core skills

Add extra bite to your players’ ball-placement technique by giving them these X-factor ideas. Every detail makes a difference to the speed and quality of your possession at the ruck. MORE

How to develop options in contact by providing the offload option 2

Offload or not

in Attack, Contact, Practice plans

Continuity out of the tackle is one of the most powerful weapons to break down defences. Players have to decide whether they can offload or go to ground and wait for support. Players must either risk making a pass or keep the ball and present it safely. MORE

How to improve in 50/50 situations 1

Dogs of war

in Attack, Contact, Practice plans

Do your players have the guts to challenge for a 50:50 ball? Often this is all that separates teams in close encounters. When the ball is on the ground, players need to react aggressively to win it – be like Shakespeare’s “dogs of war” – before driving forward. MORE

How to approach outnumbered scenarios 3

Never outnumbered

in Contact, Practice plans

It happens frequently – a ball carrier facing two defenders, isolated from team mates. Players in these situations need to work out how to protect the ball and wait for support. This session works on the roles of both ball carrier and the support player. It is complementary because it also develops the defenders’ roles. MORE

How to promote close support for offload opportunities 1

Pocket support

in Contact, Passing & Handling, Practice plans

Pocket support is a very simple style of support play. As a ball carrier moves towards contact, a support player runs in behind him and “into the pocket”. If the ball carrier cannot pass laterally, or takes contact, he can offload the ball to a player immediately behind him. MORE

How to break through the defence 2

Break through the defence

in Attack, Contact, Practice plans

Sometimes your players will have no choice but to go through a defence because it is well organised or there is no time to pass the ball out. Your players will need to use good footwork, body positions and support players to win the ball back. This is a bread and butter session. MORE

How to improve at the breakdown 3

Winning ball at the breakdown

in Contact, Practice plans

Being aggressive in the tackle and presenting the ball well creates quicker ball at the ruck. This session focuses on how your players take contact if they can’t avoid it. Winning the contest at the breakdown is a fundamental piece of your core unit skills. MORE

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