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.
Help your players understand when to go for the steal (snatch) and when to drive through (smash) the ball through the ruck if they can’t steal it. Keep it legal and slow down or win opposition ball. MORE
Use this mix of games and wrestle contests to develop your team’s contact skills. You will become more clinical at the breakdown and create quicker ruck ball. The role of the first and second player at the tackle area often determines your speed of ball. Win the race and be technically good. MORE
The new ruck laws are designed to encourage turnovers in the game. It is an area you can’t afford to ignore. A quickly executed attack from turnover possession causes the opposition problems. This session – “Turnover attack” – focuses on the players’ decision making after winning turnover possession. MORE
While many factors led to England dominating the game against Ireland, their ability to win the contact area, both in attack and defence, certainly made a massive difference. Andy Farrell, Ireland's coach, was certainly quick to acknowledge that his team came second in the physical contest. MORE
Winning turnover ball is the goal for the defence, but the ability to attack decisively from it is the ultimate objective. So players need to be aware of how to attack with turnover ball, as well as how to win it. MORE
Make your contact contests more game representative. This gives your players greater transfer into match day situations. In this activity, the ball carrier is tackled and the next arriving player has to compete effectively (and legally) for the ball. MORE