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.

Perfecting ball tackling within rules 3

Tackle ball

in Practice plans, Tackling

The tackler can play an important role in winning turnover ball, but only if he can get to his feet quickly after making the tackle. This sessions uses simple exercises to improve the reaction times of your tacklers. It will help them to get up and get back into the game, to “complete the tackle” and compete for the ball. MORE

Tackle and recover

in Defence, Rugby drills, Tackling

Complete the tackle by getting back into position to challenge for the ball, but under pressure. Know the tackle rights but also what the referee looks for. The tackler can’t enter the tackle contest from any angle. They must come through the “gate”, just any other player. They can also easily be penalised if they goes... MORE

Bounce out tacklers

in Defence, Rugby drills, Tackling

Help the second defender at the tackle situation choose whether to make a difference at the tackle or leave it alone to be ready for the next tackle. Defenders need to trust their team mates to make a tackle. They should only step in if they feel the tackler is beaten or they can create... MORE

1 v 1 match ups team game

in Attack, Rugby drills, Small-sided games, Tackling

Every player needs the confidence to carry the ball against all shapes and sizes. Use this activity to give your players lots of opportunities to test out what works. Because the players will face lots of different opponents they can try out different techniques to beat the player in front of them. Some of these... MORE

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