Tackling drills are the single most important part of your training; it’s vital that you prepare your players to tackle safely. These tackling drills are tried, tested and proven to be the most effective ways to introduce and develop tackling skills.

Introduction to tackling: Tackling corners

in Rugby drills, Tackling

Use this exercise after learning some tackle techniques to improve the defender's awareness and resilience in making tackles. There will be misses, nearly tackles and good tackles. Low impact and fun, it's aimed at younger players, but you can certainly use it with all ages. MORE

How to improve front on tackling 1

Front-on tackles

in Practice plans, Tackling

Most front-on tackles happen in close quarters. Neither tackler or ball carrier can adjust their lines to make it any other way. The majority of front-on tackles happen at the side of a ruck and the tackler has to choose whether to drive up and back or bring the player right down. MORE

How to improve side on tackles 2

Side-on tackles to win the ball

in Practice plans, Tackling

Even the top teams recognise they don’t practise side-on tackling enough. In this session, you can also challenge players to think of their finishing position first and then work backwards to see why the side-on tackle is so effective in winning turnover ball. MORE

Get the tackle X-factor

in Core skills, Tackling

If the tackler can win the first part of the impact, they can manipulate the ball carrier – slowing down possession or even winning the ball back. Here are four ways to make a bigger impact… MORE

Tackle impact and grip

in Core skills, Tackling

Use these two activities to work on the tackle impact and grip for a front-on and side-on tackle. They’re good exercises to use before more intense tackle work and can form part of your warm-up. MORE

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Low tackling

in Practice plans, Tackling

Low tackles stop the progress of ball carriers. While they are more difficult to avoid, they also require more courage on the part of the tackler. So use this session to encourage good technique, but also create greater confidence in the tackle. MORE

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