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.

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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Introducing the tackle

Introducing the tackle to young players

From Rugby Coach Weekly Get young players to work on winning the ball before learning how to tackle. Teaching technique, falling and ball presentation before contact breeds confidence. Why use it Teach novice players how to fall when making and taking tackles, how to present the ball and how to win it back. Make the […]

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5 simple tackle tips

5 simple tackle tips

Boost the confidence of all your players to increase not only their tackling prowess but all-round contact skills and awareness. Tackling is a balance between confidence and technique. Without confidence, the player will put himself in a poor position to tackle – in other words, not put himself in the firing line in the first […]

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U9-U10 Step left, step right, offload or contact

U9-U10 Step left, step right, offload or contact

Get your players used to stepping left or right before the tackle and then either offloading the ball or taking contact. 1. Make a 1m triangle from three cones. Put a ball carrier and a support player 4m back from one point of the triangle and defenders 3m back from the other two points. Place […]

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