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.

Build contact skills with match-like situations

Build contact skills with match-like situations

From Rugby Coach Weekly Make players more aware at the tackle contest by giving them lots of match-like situations where they need to make contact, recover and then win the next breakdown. Why use it Replicate match scenarios by unbalancing and disorientating players before getting them to enter a tackle contest situation. Because it is […]

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3 fun and practical tackling games

3 fun and practical tackling games

I’m always on the look out for new ways to teach tackling. The more activities you can use, the more chance you have of building confidence in your players while still keeping things fresh. There are two key elements to the tackle: getting close enough to make the tackle and the grip. These games should […]

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Improve breakdown skills with "match-like sessions"

Improve breakdown skills with “match-like sessions”

By Eamonn Hogan, experienced rugby coach working with representative teams in the UK and the US A “match-like session” places players in situations close to the real thing. Introducing a skill in a competitive arena at training will assist players to develop those skills in situations that reflect as accurately as possible, the situations they […]

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Use tackle tubes to iron out technical problems

Use tackle tubes to iron out technical problems

Tackle tubes – or sausages as they are sometimes known – have their critics because they do not provide a realistic tackle target. However, they are still an extremely useful piece of equipment for three reasons: 1. Non-contact work – A significant percentage of injuries in rugby occur at the tackle area. Usually, this can be […]

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Introducing tackling

U9 & U10: Introducing tackling

Get players used to making and taking tackles correctly by working backwards through the tackle. 1. Put your players into pairs and ask them to get into space. Tell them to decide who will be the tackler and who will be the attacker. Start with the players on the ground, with the tackler in a […]

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Safely introduce contact

Safely introduce contact

By Mark Calverley, RFU Level 3 and IRB Level 4 qualified coach, and owner of the NZRFU Practicum award – the highest coaching award in New Zealand Once players have been introduced to the techniques and safety issues involved with tackling and have practised it in safe controlled environments and drills, it is time to […]

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Avoiding the X-men

Avoiding the X-men

Match the sizes of players in this game of tackling and touch. Smaller players get confidence by tackling who they want while the big players – the X-men – can only tackle each other. Why use it Develop contact skills in a sympathetic environment, ensuring your smaller players are protected while building confidence. Set up […]

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Different options at contact

Different options at contact

Challenge your players to think about how to approach contact and what choices to take under pressure in the tackle area. 1. Mark out a 12m square area then divide it into two boxes – box A is 4m wide and box B is 8m wide. Have four attackers, one with a ball, stand at […]

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How to coach a low tackle

U9 U10 How to coach a low tackle

Bring the opposition down with this exercise on tackling low. Get your players used to making low tackles and getting the ball carrier to ground quickly. 1. Put an attacker on the ground on his front with a tackler, also on the ground, 3m away, facing him. Put the ball in front of the attacker. 2. […]

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