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 “Y” drill

in Contact

Create good ball placement habits after footwork with this great warm-up exercise. It is a key part of the contact core series. MORE

CORE SKILLS: Power through contact

in Contact

Emphasise the right footwork and body height through the contact area. It will allow better ball retention and more chances to maintain continuity. As a ball carrier approaches a defender he wants to keep the ball away from the grasping hands that prevent offloads and slow down placement. I want to look at footwork and... MORE

Take, step, fend, offload

in Contact

Quick ball manipulation allows players to keep the ball free in contact. Then, they can offload it to support players, who are confident they can take a pass from the ball carrier. If the ball carrier half breaks a tackle, he is in a position to offload. Support runners need to run the right lines to support this pass. He also needs to fend off with his inside arm to free up the outside arm. MORE

Ball carrying through contact

in Contact

Make your players transfer the ball into the correct hand and use footwork before contact so they can get to the edges of defenders and keep the ball secure. This activity combines simple ball manipulation with footwork to build good habits in contact. MORE

How to recover from poor set-piece ball 2

Backwards set piece

in Contact, Practice plans

Not every set piece works out and this session looks at some simple recovery strategies. It mainly involves one player retaining the ball, staying strong and then his team mates backing him up. MORE

Build up to contact

in Contact, Rugby drills

Get your players ready for contact with low impact, fun exercises that build up the intensity. You are not looking for big hits here just preparing them for what will happen later. MORE

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