Rugby Drill Demonstration


  • The exercise stand clockwise, with the first player going from the bottom left cone. The defender must tackle that player to the ground.
  • As soon as that tackle is complete, the attacker quickly clears the area, and the defenders gets to their feet. The next attack goes right away.
  • This pattern repeats, with each new attacker coming forward from a new cone, and then rejoining the back of the line on the opposite side.
  • The idea is for the defender to be tested time after time, in quick succession.
  • The ball carrier can try to evade contact.
  • After 1 minute, change the defender.

Coaching points

  • First option should be ball and player, choke tackle across the chest.
  • If the ball carrier is too big, make a lower tackle.
  • Take hit, squeeze, drop.
  • Tackler keeps their head up, they must be safe in the tackle.
  • Tackler makes a strong shoulder contact, drive through the tackle, attempting to win the contact.
  • Tackler gets to their feet without using their knees.
  • Ball carrier should aim to beat the defender, but use progression to build confidence.
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