Rugby Tackling Drills

All players need to be able to tackle. Tackling is how a player physically stops an opponent from moving forward with the ball. It's a vital aspect of the game and a major reason many players come to rugby. For some players tackling can be scary so it's important you teach the correct, and safe, technique from an early age.

A successful tackle involves timing, technique (aim low - between the hip and knee) and correct body position (bend at the waist and the knees; arms raised around shoulder height). The tackling drills, games and videos on this page will help you improve your players' defending technique - with both junior and advanced players.

The tackling drills cover everything from introducing the tackle for juniors, walking tackles, tackle bag exercises and full contact tackling to get your players tackling with confidence and to prepare them for match conditions when the hits gets a lot harder.