Tackling

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.

Introducing the tackle

Introducing the tackle to young players

From Rugby Coach Weekly Get young players to work on winning the ball before learning how to tackle. Teaching technique, falling and ball presentation before contact breeds confidence. Why use it Teach novice players how to fall when making and taking tackles, how to present the ball and how to win it back. Make the […]

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5 simple tackle tips

5 simple tackle tips

Boost the confidence of all your players to increase not only their tackling prowess but all-round contact skills and awareness. Tackling is a balance between confidence and technique. Without confidence, the player will put himself in a poor position to tackle – in other words, not put himself in the firing line in the first […]

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U9-U10 Step left, step right, offload or contact

U9-U10 Step left, step right, offload or contact

Get your players used to stepping left or right before the tackle and then either offloading the ball or taking contact. 1. Make a 1m triangle from three cones. Put a ball carrier and a support player 4m back from one point of the triangle and defenders 3m back from the other two points. Place […]

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1, 2, 3, step TACKLE!

1, 2, 3 step: TACKLE!

Build up the tackle confidence and techniques of your players by using short distances for the ball carrier to run forward while still aiming to beat the tackler – then increasing them. Why use it The tackler can work on his body height, footwork and leg drive in a low impact environment, while the ball […]

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Side on Tackles Topple Giants

Small players: Side-on tackles topple giants

By Eamonn Hogan, experienced rugby coach working with representative teams in the UK and the US Rugby is all about finding or creating mismatches and exploiting them with line breaks or scoring opportunities. In the youth age group there is a huge variation in player sizes and this leads to mismatches. Smaller players need to […]

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Ruck tackle turning drills

"Pick and go," the act of a forward scooping up the ball at the back of ruck and attacking the nearest defender, is becoming more common. In return, defences are becoming more sophisticated in dealing with this type of manoeuvre. Use these drills and coaching tips to advance your players' skills.

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Game to improve tackle technique

Use this 10-second game in training drills to boost your players’ rugby tackling skills, in particular, “jackling” which is where the tackling player regains his feet and wins the ball, or the next defender in wins the ball.

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Tackling performance errors

A performance error happens when a player cannot perform a skill in a match that they can do in training. The following strategies can help you identify the cause of the problem and how to correct it.

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