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.


MAC attack – Metres after contact

Teams have an assessment system for contact play called MAC or “metres after contact”. Simply, it is the metres a player has gained once he has met the defender and shows whether a player has simply run into the defender, or moved them to allow some forward momentum into the area behind them.

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Making secure contact

When a ball carrier makes contact with the opposition he needs to be strong on his feet and keep the ball away from contact so he can make it available for his team mates.

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Contact drill

Dominate the contact zone and you dominate the game, so rugby warm-up contact drills to prepare players physically and mentally are crucial to success.

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