Kneeling rugby is a low impact contact game which is ideal to learn to tackle. It's one of my favourites because I've seen my players using it unprompted on other occasions (in their homes or in small areas in gardens). MORE
Our tackling TOP TEN activities, drills and tips
We’ve got over 600 drills, activities, tips, tactics and games on the site about tackling.
So, while we love all of them, here’s our top ten.
1 Learning to tackle low impact game
Let’s start at the beginning for young players learning their way into the game. One of our favourites because we’ve seen players set up this game for themselves. So, it must be one of their favourites too.
2 Technical warm up for tackling
A low impact tackling warm-up which gives the players a chance to embed good techniques.
3 Phil Larder’s side on tackle essentials
One of the original defensive gurus, Phil Larder gives us the template we should judge all our tackling expertise around.
4 Pre-season tackling exercise
Always a go-to activity to revise tackling, but also to build up confidence. Good as a part of a warm up too.
5 Tackle session builder
Progress tackle training to give it context. This allows better transfer into matches.
6 1 v 1 tackling challenges
With an unusual starting position, this has always proved popular with the players. They seem to come back to this one when asked how they would like to practise.
7 Tackle balance
Again, another player favourite. In this case, it seems that the players “get it”, in terms of why they are working the skills around footwork and the best way to bring down the ball carrier.
8 Sitting ducks
This full session increases the players’ decision-making around tackling. It’s not just about making a tackle, it’s choosing when and where. I’ve found it hard to wrap up the final game…they always want more.
9 Precision in the tackle collision
If you are bit of defensive coaching geek, there’s nothing better than having a little extra than most coaches. Some top tips packed in this guide.
10 Tackle good, recover well, tackle again
We love this one, because you love it too. In our top five all-time for hits and likes on Facebook. We think you love it because you know that the game continues after the tackle.