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.

Tacklers into jacklers

in Rugby drills, Tackling

Help players practise the risk and reward elements of attempting to turnover the ball in the tackle area. It starts with good tackling and then decisions on whether to compete for the ball. If the ball carrier is momentarily isolated, support players need to react quickly to secure the ball. MORE

Sock it to them in tackling

in Tackling

Improve tackling by teaching players to make more shoulder contacts. Rolled up socks reduce the players’ inclination to grab in the tackle. Impact with the shoulder helps players make a stronger contact, but also be in safe position to complete the tackle. Rolled up socks are easier for players of all sizes. Rolled up bibs work equally well. MORE

Tackling interceptors

in Rugby drills, Tackling

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

Front-on aggressive tackling

in Rugby drills, Tackling

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

Sessions that develop better tackle height

in Email Newsletters, Tackling

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

Tackle club triangles

in Tackling

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

Soak up tackles

in Defence, Rugby drills, Tackling

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

Easy defence

in Rugby drills, Tackling

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

How to set up your own tackle club

in Rugby drills, Tackling

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

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