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.

Ensure your ball poaching satisfies the referee

Ensure your ball poaching satisfies the referee

From Rugby Coach Weekly Referees are very sharp on ball poachers who put their hands on the ground before grabbing for the ball. You must make your players whiter-than-whiter and also far more accurate in this area. It will reduce your penalty count and increase your chances of stealing the ball. Make sure that your ball […]

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Perfect contact body shapes with slow motion tackling

Perfect contact body shapes with slow motion tackling

Young players have poor body shapes in contact because they are not strong in the core and have not had a chance to hone their skills. You can accelerate the learning process by slowing down their contact techniques in training so they can feel the right body positions to get into. In slow motion, a […]

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Turn the ball carrier in the tackle

Turn the ball carrier in the tackle

By Paul Tyler, Scottish Rugby Union level 3 qualified coach, former SRU rugby development officer and a qualified referee Improve your turnover rate by coaching tacklers to turn the ball carrier in the tackle. Increase tackler’s awareness of their role and of opportunities to win turnovers. Develop aggression in the tackle and a pride in […]

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Get ready for match tackling

Get ready for match tackling

I think it’s important to make sure your players are on board with using tackles in the warm up, so I’ve tended to set out my warm-up ideas before the season starts so the players can have some input. I’ve found, even with a contact element in the warm-up, some will go off and do some […]

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Side-on tackle technique

U9 & U10: Side-on tackle technique

From EasiCoach Rugby Skills Activities U9 & U10 Get your players used to tackling side-on with either shoulder. 1. Split your players into pairs, give them a ball and get them working on a “halfway” tackle. This means that the tackle starts halfway through, with the tackler already in position with his shoulder on the […]

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4 tackling tips for inexperienced players

4 tackling tips for inexperienced players

By Colin Ireland, Physical Education teacher with sixteen years’ experience working for the Scottish Rugby Union With a large group of players new to tackling, there are four approaches you can take. Use two experienced players to demonstrate tackle technique. Then pair players up and let them have a go, with you observing and helping […]

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Twice the tackler

Twice the tackler

From Rugby Coach Weekly Beef up your defence so players make tackle after tackle. The opposition will be put under immense pressure in attack and will be staggered by your defensive work rate. Why use it We always tell players to get up quickly after the tackle but how often do we create practices to […]

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U9 & U10 Grapple tackle

U9 & U10 Grapple tackle

From EasiCoach Rugby Skills Activities U9 & U10 Work on the strength of the grip in the tackle so that your tacklers can hold the ball carrier and then use their bodyweight to drag him down. 1. Divide your players into pairs – make one of each pair an attacker and give him a ball. […]

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20 minute safe tackling sessions

20 minute safe tackling sessions

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 Former England prop Darren Garforth once revealed that in all of his coaching up to international level, he had never been taught how to tackle safely and correctly! […]

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3 ways to make tackling fun

3 ways to make tackling fun

By Eamonn Hogan, experienced rugby coach working with representative teams in the UK and the US It’s not easy to keep kids interested in tackling or making full contact. Try these three fresh ways to work on tackling with your youngest players. As a coach, everything becomes more ingrained in the players’ minds if you […]

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