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.

Learning from the tackling journey

in Rugby coaching, Rugby drills, Tackling, Tips

  Improve your tacklers by understanding how the best defenders grew as players. I spoke to one player whose technical expertise stands out amongst her peers. By Dan Cottrell Sophie about to make a strong tackle  Omega Photography Sophie Ellis, a 17-year-old student in North Wales, has been playing rugby for the last four... MORE

Defence systems or heads up

in Rugby coaching, Rugby drills, Tackling, Tips, U12+

Ruck defence is a hotly debated area, not least in terms of what systems work and if we actually need systems in the first place. With the help of Jamie Taylor, Leicester Tigers academy coach, I look at the range of options. By Dan Cottrell Good ruck defence, that is the position of defenders in relation... MORE

Tackle session builder

in Rugby drills, Tackling

Session builders take you from one player to a unit to work on their skills piece by piece. The second in our series looks at the defender in the defensive system. By Dan Cottrell ONE PLAYER Warm up the shoulders, core and develop quick reactions. A player starts lying on their front holding a ruck... MORE

Refreshing tackle games

Refreshing tackle games

in Tackling

We’ve all felt like this before. You leave tackling out of a session for just one week and it’s as if players have never done it before. Here are four simple ways to get them back on track. MORE

Front-on tackle tracking

U9 Front-on tackle tracking

in Tackling

Get your players used to getting in front of the ball carrier to make a strong front-on tackle.   1. Mark out a 3m square area. Put an attacker on one side of the area and a defender on the opposite side. Give the attacker a ball. 2.When you say “go”, the attacker moves from... MORE

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Intense defence

in Small-sided games, Tackling

Defending is more tiring than attacking. It is physically and mentally draining. Yet players need to keep their standards high and quality good in the tackle. This is a great game to knock out the cobwebs. MORE

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Gang up

in Small-sided games, Tackling

A one-on-one tackle should be regarded as a failure in a good defensive system. This game works on good communication between defenders to ensure that the ball carrier meets two tacklers when he tries to break the line. MORE

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Goal line stoppers

in Small-sided games, Tackling

A skill rarely practised is stopping a try on the goal line (or indeed scoring from there). Each player will have their own methods and this game gives them a chance to try those out. MORE

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