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.
This activity works on the ball carrier sprinting for the line while the defender tries to intercept him.
Getting to the tackle can be as important as making it. This session is mainly working on chasing tackles, so is quite low impact. MORE
The front-on tackle also represents the best opportunity to dominate the ball carrier and win the battle for the gain line. This activity works on this.
Develop players’ ability to come forward, with or without their team mates to make front-on tackles. MORE
The RFU has brought forward plans to reduce the tackle height at age grade rugby to below the armpits.
Talking to experienced school coaches in particular, they don't see much change in the impact on the game as a whole. However, it is an excellent opportunity to reexamine your tackle technique training. MORE
Use this simple and quick to set up exercise as part of your tackling break out groups to work on good technique in a medium impact environment.
Players need to constant exposure to tackling, especially where they have to use footwork to get close to make the best sort of impact. MORE
This session works on players reading the situation and not being afraid to give up ground as long as the tackle is made.
Sometimes the tackler needs to accept that he cannot “win” the contact, but still needs to bring the ball carrier to ground effectively. MORE
Build tackling confidence and tackling technique with low impacts. Then focus on completing the tackle by the tackler to get back into the game.
Low impact tackling still requires good skills to bring the ball carrier to the ground. MORE
Tackle club is actually lots of little clubs within one team. Each tackle club allows you to work with players who need similar sorts of attention.
Improve tackling in small stages by using the concept of different clubs to suit the needs of your players. As the season progresses, you might move players around the clubs, but don’t let a club become too big. MORE
Develop your tacklers‘ ability to twist the ball carrier and win back the ball. Then, work on playing the turnover ball away.
A twist tackle can expose the ball carrier to other defenders, increasing the chances of a turnover. MORE