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.

Pre-season tackling exercise

in Pre-season, Rugby drills, Tackling

Develop your players' basic tackling footwork before adding in more contact with this 1v1 exercise. Use it as part of a warm-up as well, with players rotating so they are given different challenges all the times. A session from Rhys Cottrell. MORE

Build tackle confidence

in Tackling

Confidence in tackling is key to helping young players feel safe. Build from slow to quick in successive tackles to increase belief in their ability. MORE

Noddy and Big Ears

in Tackling

Focus tacklers on getting their ears tight to the shorts of the ball carrier. This helps them engage their shoulder, keep their eyes open and use the right footwork. MORE

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

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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