Drill Categories

Agility & Running Skills Drills

Agility is how quickly your players can move while staying balanced and flexible. Running to evade the tackle, move into space for a pass and change d...

Ball Presentation Drills

Ball presentation is how the ball-carrier makes the ball available to a teammate after they have been tackled. The ball presentation videos and drills...

Contact Skills Drills

A major part of rugby involves two or more players making physical contact with each other. Contact normally takes place during a tackle, lineout, scr...

Decision making Drills

Decision making determines what pass, run or tackle your player makes on the field. Making the right decision can be the difference between a try bein...

Kicking Drills

Use the kicking drills and videos below to develop your players' accuracy, technique, tactical awareness and skills so they know the right kick to use...

Maul Drills

A maul is similar to a ruck but occurs when the ball is held up off the floor (in a player's hand). The maul drills, videos and mini games below will ...

Off Loads Drills

An off load is when a tackled player passes the ball to a teammate before the tackle is completed. Use the 2v1 and tackle bag off load drills and vide...

Ruck Drills

A ruck occurs when the ball carrier is tackled and players from each side make contact over the ball which is on the ground (it differs from a maul wh...

Ruck Clear Out Drills

A ruck clear out involves players removing their opposition from the ruck to allow a quick pass to be made and avoid turnovers. The ruck and clear out...

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...

Tag Rugby Drills

Use the tag rugby drills and games (also referred to as touch rugby) to boost your junior players' passing, off-loading, and decision making ability. ...

Drills

Tackle Relay

category: Tackling

Shadowing - Follow the signs Drill Thumbnail View this drill. Shadowing - Follow the signs. Tackling practice Drill Thumbnail View this drill. Tackli...

Tackle Approach

category: Tackling

Rugby Tackle Approach Tackling Players 3m apart – slightly crouched One of pair nominated as tackler On balls of feet, with feet shoulder width apa...

Rugby Pinball

category: Tackling

Rugby Rugby Pinball Tackling This game is designed to teach the players about body height in tackling and ruck clean out. Set up a field about 15m lo...

Tackle

category: Tackling

Rugby Tackle Tackling Approach the tackle at pace Move to good low position Head up, chin off chest, tighten shoulders Arms out wide, ready for big h...

Tackle

category: Tackling

Rugby League Tackle Tackling Start with this simple tackling drill with no resistance to the tackle to get your players warmed up and used to contact...

Tackle Box

category: Sevens

Rugby Tackle Box Sevens The exercise is simple, the attacker has 2 minutes to score as many tries as they can. They do this by attacking the space be...

Bulldog On Knees

category: Tackling

Rugby Bulldog on knees Tackling Simple game for teaching tackling when on your knees. Starting with initially two tacklers and the rest as attackers,...

Walking Tackle

category: Tackling

Rugby Walking tackle Tackling The player with the ball walks slowly in front of the other player. As the ball carrier is walking the defender should ...

Running Side Tackle

category: Tackling

Rugby Running side tackle Tackling Starting with their backs to one another, two players stand 5 metres apart and run off in opposite directions alon...

1 on 1 Breakdown Skills

  • Fun game 1 v 1 game to improve skills on both sides of the breakdown.
  • One player lies face down either side of a tackle tube (players ...

1 vs 1 get to feet

Pass gets given to the attacker who has to run down the grid. When the tackle comes in the player with the ball has to present the ball.

Tac...

1v1 Clap Tackle - Warm up

  • Groups of 2.
  • Everyone find some space.
  • Stand opposite your partner.
  • One of the players (attacker) use footwor...

1v1 Clap Tackle - Warm up

  • Groups of 2.
  • Everyone find some space.
  • Stand opposite your partner.
  • One of the players (attacker) use footwor...

1v1 Clap Tackle - Warm up

  • Groups of 2.
  • Everyone find some space.
  • Stand opposite your partner.
  • One of the players (attacker) use footwor...

1v1 Tackle and Support Clear

3 players (One player in Tackle Suit, one ball carrier and one support player) and one ball.

Ball carrier attacks suited player and takes le...

1v1 Tackle Grid

  • Small playing area, for 1 v 1 tackling.
  • Players line up in two lines adjacent to the coned area.
  • Coach shouts go and the front...

1v1 Tackle Grid

  • Small playing area, for 1 v 1 tackling.
  • Players line up in two lines adjacent to the coned area.
  • Coach shouts go and the front...

2 v 1 Drawing The Defender

  • One attacking team and one defending team.
  • Exercise focused on decision making when in a 2 v 1 situation.
  • Each team lines up e...

2 vs 1 + 1 in 2 grids

2 attackers with a half back attack a defender

The support player should be able to read the situation and apply the best techniques for bal...

2 vs 1 - Decision Making

Four players per group inside a 10m x 30m Channel. Requires 10 cones and 1 ball.

Two players start outside of the grid with two players insi...

2 vs 1 - with running support

The lead attacker runs at straight at defender.

Attacks runs into space, either on the left or the right, takes the tackle and then off-load...

2 vs 1 - with running support

The lead attacker runs straight at the defender, attacking either the space on the left or the right before taking the tackle and off loading to th...

2 vs 2 Linebreak scenario

Here we are re-creating a 2 vs 2 scenario which we might find on the field. The aim is to put players under the same conditions which they would po...

2v2 Tackle and Clear Out

  • 2 on 2 tackling and clear out game.
  • Players line up in two lines, adjacent to the coned gameplay area.
  • The coach stands opposi...

2v2 Tackle and Clear Out

  • 2 on 2 tackling and clear out game.
  • Players line up in two lines, adjacent to the coned gameplay area.
  • The coach stands opposi...

2v2 track and tackle

10m wide channel, 2 attackers start with the ball while 2 defenders atart at the other end.

when instructed the attackers attempt to score ag...

3 v 2 Fixing Defenders

  • This is a backs moves passing exercise, aimed at drawing and fixing up a defender, to give a supporting teammate more space and take the defen...

3 v Tackle Bag and body Suit

3 attackers start at the beginning of the grid who will go up against the tackle bag first and then the person in the body suit second; these two s...

3 v Tackle Bag and body Suit

3 attackers start at the beginning of the grid who will go up against the tackle bag first and then the person in the body suit second; these two s...

3 v Tackle Bag and body Suit

3 attackers start at the beginning of the grid who will go up against the tackle bag first and then the person in the body suit second; these two s...

3 vs 2

Simple 3 v 2, with two defenders with tackle bags.

The attackers must pass their way through the grid, using quick passes and good handling,...

360 Roll

  • The aim of the drill is to develop positive work after the tackle and when would you use a 360’ roll. often a loose tackle or let go.

    ...

4 vs 1

Groups of 5

Combine grids to make 2 channels each 10m x 20m

1 Ball per group

Ball carrier tries to score a try by running past...

4v1v1 Down the Line

Attackers (red players) work down the channel in 4s, working the runners left and right to create space.

Defenders are only allowed to defen...

5 v 5 tag rugby

2 teams. 5 players on each team in a large coned area. Area size depends on age, ability, and number of players in each team.

Team with the ...

5 vs 5

Pitch 20m x 20m. All players wearing tag belts

Start the game with a free pass, defenders must be 7m back at the start

Attacking play...

5 vs 5 Touch Rugby

  • Touch Rugby in teams of 5
  • 3 Touches and change possession.
  • When a player with the ball is touched, tackler stays in passive contact...

    8 vs 3 Game

    8 players are lined up just outside the 22 metre line, with 3 defenders starting under the posts with the ball.

    One of the defenders kicks ...

    Alcatraz: Jail Break

    This is a great warm-up for defensive and evasion sessions, or it might even be a warm-up that helps you reinforce coaching points made during a pr...

    Attack from Turnover

    • 2 Teams
    • Ball
    • Tackle Bags

    3 Tackle bags are in a break down formation. With one player from the o...

    Attack until youre tackled

    Playing area of 25m in length - adjust width to suit numbers- equal numbers in both teams

    Full LEG tackles ONLY - ball carrier when tackled ...

    Attacking footwork and tackling 3

    • Drill can be full contact. Make sure the defender gets back to his feet quickly after the tackle to practice stealing the bal. Attacker pre...

    Avoid the tackler in a line

    5 players and 1 ball.

    4 players in a staggered line in a coned area with 1 player in the middle as the tackler.

    Avoid the Tackler

    5 players and 1 ball.

    2 players on each side of a coned area with 1 player in the middle as the tackler.

    Player 1 runs with the ball ...

    Ball & Player

    Tell the players the following.....

    1. This is all about tackling at chest height.
    2. The facing player will advance, they will be ...

    Battle Ships

    Fun game to practice passing/kicking accuracy.

    Set up a grid with lots of different objects (tackle bags, hit shields, tyres, cones etc) insi...

    Beat the defence

    Offensive players (blue), line out in one deep line while the defence (red) line up opposite in a straight line, slightly inside player from the pl...

    Beat the defence

    Offensive players (blue), line out in one deep line while the defence (red) line up opposite in a straight line, slightly inside player from the pl...

    Beating the ball and rucking 2

    • If tackled and the offloaded on, get the support player to communicate
    • it. It is a contact drill but if you want to eliminate cont...

    Beating the ball and rucking

    • Decision-making in contact.
    • The aim is to get the ball carrier beyond the tackler and the support of players making decisions...

    Breakdown Technical Work

    • tackle sausage

    Place 2 sausages perpendicular from eachother in a T shape.

    Have one player line up a couple mete...

    Building The Contact 2

    Setup:

    Set up with 4 players with pads, and four players facing them about five metres away. There should be enough space between the...

    Building the Contact

    Setup:

    Set up with 4 players with pads, and four players facing them about five metres away. There should be enough space between the...

    Cat and Mouse

    Players stand back to back and await the coach's call. Whichever colour the coach shouts out are the mice (in the animation the coach shouts 'Blue'...

    Catching a high ball

    Call for the ball!

    Head and eyes up looking at the ball, get in line with the ball.

    Quickly move to the ball's 'drop zone'

    Adj...

    Channel Ball

    This game is designed to teach the players about retiring to an onside position when a tackle is made.

    • Set-up a field approximately 10...

    Clear Out - 2 and 1

    Set Up

    3 players - One player in Tackle Suit - one ball carrier -one support player - one ball


    Ball ca...

    Clear out and Jackal work

    • Ball
    • Tackle Suits

    Players around the outside pass the ball around with eachtoher until coach blows his whistle...

    Clear out and Jackal work

    • Ball
    • Tackle Suits

    Players around the outside pass the ball around with eachtoher until coach blows his whistle...

    Clear out drill basics

    • Groups of 3+
    • Bag
    • Sausage

    2 player starts on his chest infront of the sausage, another player lines up ...

    Clear out drill basics

    • Groups of 3+
    • Bag
    • Sausage

    2 player starts on his chest infront of the sausage, another player lines up ...

    Clear out drill basics

    • Groups of 3+
    • Bag
    • Sausage

    2 player starts on his chest infront of the sausage, another player lines up ...

    Clear out drill basics

    • Groups of 3+
    • Bag
    • Sausage

    2 player starts on his chest infront of the sausage, another player lines up ...

    Clear out drill basics

    • Groups of 3+
    • Bag
    • Sausage

    2 player starts on his chest infront of the sausage, another player lines up ...

    Clear out drill basics

    • Groups of 3+
    • Bag
    • Sausage

    2 player starts on his chest infront of the sausage, another player lines up ...

    Clear out

    1 player stands crouched down 1 foot either side of a tackle bag holding a ball at the end of the bag

    2 players run around the wide cones to...

    Contact and Support

    Ball carrier goes into contact with the tackle pads. Break through and offload to a supporting player.

    Contact Pop Pass Contact

    • Ball carrier goes forward, hitting in on the shield, turning to pop the call to a support player who passes the ball across the grid into the...

    Contact Pop Pass Contact

    • Ball carrier goes forward, hitting in on the shield, turning to pop the call to a support player who passes the ball across the grid into the...

    Contact Relay

    Break your players down into groups of 3.

    In each area there should be 1 player with a tackle shield, 1 player with a tackle bag, and one wi...

    Contact Zones

    Set up:

    8 defending players Tackle Suits, one ball carrier and four support players.

    Contest The Tackle

    • Groups of three, the aim of the exercise is for the second defender to contest the tackle.
    • One player starts with the ball, standing s...

    Contesting The Ruck

    • This is a two person exercise, designed to improve ability at the ruck
    • Stand up a tackle tube
    • One player tackles the tube to t...

    Continuous Passing off the floor 1

    Set up a square with cones, making one side of the square with two gates of cones.

    Get the players to line up evenly behind the two ind...

    Corner line Tag

    The aim is that when the coach signals the start the defending players will spread across to the other side of the field quickly and defend the ent...

    Correct Tackling Position

    CORRECT tackling position.

    Tacklers arms wrapped around the players waist that they are tackling.

    Head tucked in behind the player.

    Counter Ruck

    Condition the drill in favour of 1 team, in this case the blue team.

    All players lay on their fronts behind the tackle bags. On the coaches...

    Crash Through 2 Tackle Bags

    Basic but good warm up drill for matches.

    4 cones set up a grid of about 5-10m by 5-10m. 2 defenders with tackle shields start in the centre...

    Crocodile Roll

    • 2 players minimum
    • Tackle Sausage

    -Crocodile roll is one technique to repmove threats from a breakdown.

    Crocodile Roll

    • 2 players minimum
    • Tackle Sausage

    -Crocodile roll is one technique to repmove threats from a breakdown.

    Crouch Tackle

    Players stand 5 metres apart, only the attacking player moves in this drill, the tackler remains still as their partner approaches.

    As the ...

    Decision Making Box

    Tell your players the following......

    1. The ball carrier runs across the grid with the ball.
    2. The opposite player becomes the de...

    Defence - Swimming in Twos

    2 defenders work together to force 5 players to pass and work them towards touch.

    The golden rule is for them to keep their spacing even, ens...

    Defense into rucking 2

    • To extend the drill, get the taxes to always back pedal and get them to have to go to the cone they weren't just that. This will aid communic...

    Defense into rucking

    • Work this fitness, defensive in line speed, communication, beating the defender and rucking.
    • Even number of players and pads....

    Depth and Quick Hands

    • Highlights the importance of attacking from depth and letting the ball do the work in attack.
    • Team of four attackers versus three defe...

    Diamond shape supporting lines

    • This is an exercise for continuity and support for attacking play
    • Lay out a rectangular playing area, with four attackers and minimu...

    Drift defence

  • 4 Tackle Bags.
  • 10 Cones and 1 Ball.
  • 10m x 30m.
  • The first player in the line begins with the ball. As he approaches the ...

    Fast And Pressured

    Tell your players the following......

    1. There will be one runner.
    2. 1 player, static, on each cone. 4 players on the cones in tot...

    Fast And Pressured

    Tell your players the following......

    1. There will be one runner.
    2. 1 player, static, on each cone. 4 players on the cones in tot...

    Fast Up - Play

    Tell your players the following......

    1. This game is to be played at pace.
    2. It is contact and normal rules of 7's apply, only di...

    Fast Up

    Tell your players the following.....

    1. One player will be the bag man, they will put the bags that have been hit back up again.

    Fend off the challenge

    Set Up

    Line of defenders - 5m apart in staggered formation tackle shield.

    Individual players move down the line – fend off each ta...

    Fending Off - Strong Hands

    Line of defenders - 5m apart in staggered formation tackle shield.
    Individual players move down the line, fend off each tackle in turn - righ...

    Flick and Back Pass Insanity

    Now split your players into two teams, giving one group of players a set of colored bibs to set them apart, and quickly tell your playe...

    Footspeed

    Tell your players the following......

    1. One group of 3 will be on the bottom right cones, the attack - they should have a ball each.

    Game - 6 vs 4

  • Pitch is 20m x 20m. All players wearing Tag Belts
  • Start the game with a free pass, defenders must start behind the half way line

    Atta...

    Handling in channels 3

    • Can evolve drilled by having 3 versus 2 in the wide channel.
    • Start off with defenders being passive in order for attacking success a...

    Hit & Defend

    Tell your players the following.....

    1. The defence will first turn and hit the pads.
    2. When the attack hears the hit - they can a...

    Hit and Drive Ruck Clearout

    • A drill to be completed in pairs.
    • One player holding a tackle bag stands in a low, strong position with knees bent.
    • The player...

    Hit And Roll Ruck Clear Out

    • A tackling exercise to be completed in pairs.
    • One player stands over a tackle tube, while holding a tackle bag themself against their ...

    Hit The Gap Drill

    A drill to practice decision making and finding space between defenders.

    Set up a line of three defenders with tackle shields (roughly 2m apa...

    Introduction to ruck

    In small teams, play a modified game where if the ball carrier is touched on the shorts with both hands of a defender, the ball carrier must go to ...

    It's All Rip and Roll To Me!

    You may consider these two points when looking to challenge or build confidence.

    • Keep your player briefing, brief! It's best not to ha...

    Jack Knife

    • The aim of the drill is to develop positive work after the tackle when held or stuck.

    Jogging tackle

    The player with the ball jogs in a straight line with the tackler coming in form the side to tackle them.

    Join the attack: 2v1 - 3v2 - 5v4

    • With a group of nine, tell two of them they are attackers - for now. The rest will be in defence.
    • Allocate your defenders within the...

    Landing in a tackle.

    Correct way of going down with the ball in a tackle.

    Person being tackled should 'twist' their body so that they land on their back.

    Landing in a tackle.

    Correct way of going down with the ball in a tackle.

    Person being tackled should 'twist' their body so that they land on their back.

    Lateral - Switch

    Tell your players the following.....

    1. Players in pairs with a ball between them.
    2. The player on the left starts with the ball a...

    Lineout Progressions With Bag

    1.

    • Two players stand either side of a tackle tube (tackle tube on the floor 'stood up').
    • The coach shouts go and the two players...

    Link Touch

    • Set up as a standard game of touch rugby, with two teams. The playing area should be wide and not too long.
    • Every touch tackle the def...

    Live Contact

    • The aim of the drill is to develop attacking ability 1v1, with a supporting attacker to seal the ball after the tackle is complete.

    Man to Man

    3 attackers and 2 defenders.

    The scrum half passes to the first receiver of group of 3 attackers.

    The 3 attacking players must then p...

    Maul Rip in a circle

    This is good for upper body strength.

  • 5 or 6 defenders, 1 ball, 2 attackers
  • Defenders must stand in a circle about 2 metres a...

    Maul Rip in a circle

    This is good for upper body strength.

  • 5 or 6 defenders, 1 ball, 2 attackers
  • Defenders must stand in a circle about 2 metres a...

    Mini Game - Skills Game

    In this game players try to keep possession and carry the ball over their opponent's line to score a try.

    Mini Game - Skills Game

    In this game players try to keep possession and carry the ball over their opponent's line to score a try.

    Modified Game - 12 vs 12

    Pupils are put into teams of 12 (with larger groups reserves maybe used). Play a full game incorporating :-

    6 vs 6 Scrums.
    6 vs 6 line...

    Off-Loading Box

    Tell your players the following......

    1. The defender must make a tackle.
    2. The primary ball carrier must take the ball into conta...

    Offload central

    Set Up

    Small 10 x 10m grid - 1/3rd of group on knees - 1/3rd with ball - 1/3rd supporting

    Players move around grid - take tackle and...

    Offloading Behind the Defender

    • The ball carrier runs towards the defender and attracts the tackle.
    • After contact, the player turns to offload to their teammate makin...

    One on One Race

    Tell the players: The player in possession of the ball when the coach blows their whistle has to run around the cone at the end of the grid to try ...

    One on One Race

    Tell the players: The player in possession of the ball when the coach blows their whistle has to run around the cone at the end of the grid to try ...

    One on One Race

    Tell the players: The player in possession of the ball when the coach blows their whistle has to run around the cone at the end of the grid to try ...

    One Touch Off-Load

    • Keep your player briefing; brief, and get them working as soon as possible.I can't stress this enough, it's not a debating society - players ...

    Overlap - 3 'v' 2

    Tell your players the following......

    1. The first attacking unit will go, at the same time 2 of the defenders will round the top of the ...

    Pass Invaders

    • Tell your players the following.....
    • In groups of 2 they will attack, passing the ball before they reach each unique cone, so when t...

    Passing Behind

    In partners get your players to move round each other, passing with 1 hand round the "back of their hand".

    Passing Central

    • Keep your player briefing, brief - and get the players moving as quickly as you can. You may consider having a demo group.
    • On your g...

    Passing Grid Progressions

    • Start out with a grid of 10 x 10
    • Passing progressions are based upon the ability of players to fix defenders - ensure the exerci...

    Passing Grid Progressions

    • Start out with a grid of 10 x 10
    • Passing progressions are based upon the ability of players to fix defenders - ensure the exerci...

    Passing Technique

    • Groups of 4
    • Balls
    • Tackle bags/sausages
    • Cones.

    3 players line up opposite 3 bags la...

    Ping Pong

    Make sure that your players are holding their tackle shields correctly!

    • Have your players work in groups of 10, adjust depending on yo...

    Pole Position

    Tell the players the following.....

    1. Each player has four tackle bags and six balls, the winner is the player that knocks down the most...

    Pre-Contact Circuit

    • Brief your players, but keep it brief!
    • In each grid there will not be two channels. In each of the two channels there are two player...

    Pre-Contact Circuit

    • Brief your players, but keep it brief!
    • In each grid there will not be two channels. In each of the two channels there are two player...

    Presenting The Ball

    Good for younger rugby players to learn how to go into contact and set up the ball at pace, you can use it as a competition between the team with a...

    Presenting The Ball

    Good for younger rugby players to learn how to go into contact and set up the ball at pace, you can use it as a competition between the team with a...

    Presenting the Ball Using Tackle Bags

    Good for younger rugby players to learn how to go into contact and set up the ball at pace, you can use it as a competition between the team with a...

    Pressure Cooker

    1. 4 players stand on the middle cones in the grid, avoiding the corner cones. The 2 players at the top and the bottom of the grid will have a b...

    Quick Ball From Slow Ball

    • Bags
    • Balls

    2 attackers line up opposite 2 defenders with bosh bags.

    The coach delivers a ball into the a...

    Quick succesive tackling (game)

    Static tackling.

    Every time the player with the ball is tackled, they have to release the ball and quickly pick it up again and stand up, r...

    React to space and attack

    5 players start on a straight line of cones about 5m apart. 10m away there are 5 more cones. Two of the 5 cones are blue, and two are red, and the ...

    Reaction Tackle

    • Groups of 6+ players.
    • 3 tackle shields per group.
    • 1 Tackle Sausage per group.
    • 3 people with...

    Realign

    The first player moves forwards, makes contact with the tackle bag and retreats diagonally to the line of cones.

    The next player joins the l...

    Ruck - Coming through the gate 1.

    4 blue players must try and defend with shields two gates from the attacking red team.

    The ball carrying player must meet the defending play...

    Ruck Clear Out

    4 players (2 players in Tackle Suits, one ball carrier and one support player) and one ball.

    Ball carrier attacks suited player and takes 'l...

    Ruck Clearing Exercises

    • Progressive exercises to improve clearing out at the ruck
    • Lay a tackle tube on the floor with another tube on top, angled into the air...

    Ruck Turnover Body Position

    • The coach pops the ball off to the attacker. The first defender tackles the player to the floor quickly.
    • The second defender arrives a...

    Rucking Rectangle

    Set up a rectangle (roughly 5m x 2m) with three attackers (blue) and three defenders (red) on opposite sides.

    The attacker in the middle has ...

    Rucking Square

    Set up a square (roughly 2m x 2m) with 4 different colour cones.

    1 player starts on the floor with the ball with another player lying on top ...

    Rugby 5 Pin Bowling

    Using cones and tackle bags, mark out your training area as shown in the diagram. The tackle bags should be stood up, and at a distance away from...

    Running Lines with Defence

    • Running straight and changing your running line will make players better attackers and underpins an effective 2 v 1
    • Start with a 5 v 3...

    Scarecrow Tag


  • Groups of 5

  • Grids 5 m x 5 m

  • All players wear Tags

  • Nominated player attempts to tag other players.
  • T...

    Score a Try

  • Grids 10m x 10m. 1 Ball per group. Groups of 5
  • Players take it in turns to be the defender in the middle (4 tackles then change). The atta...

    Second man ruck clear out

    • Repetitive drill aimed at improving the clear out of a defender at the ruck
    • Players are split into groups of three, two attackers and ...

    Shadowing - Follow the signs

    The group is split in half.

    The coach is positioned behind the defenders and instructs the movement of the attackers, who are holding tackle...

    Simple Passing Exercise

    • Tell your players the follow.....
    1. The first two players at each coach will advance, attacking the cone to their left, in ...

    Simple tackle

    Both players jog out at the same time.

    When the players meet the red player tackle the white player and then both players get back to their ...

    Smash through and Pass!

    Set Up

    3 sets of 2 defenders each with 2 tackle bags placed 10m apart down 15m x 30m channel - 3 attackers

    Attacker with ball in cen...

    Speed Maul - Hands on!

    Set up lines of defenders with pads aligned laterally across your working area. You can either have 1 line so the attacking players work once and...

    Static tackling on knees

  • Basic tackling skills.
  • Tackle to start in a low position.
  • Tackler to position their head behind the player, squeeze their arms aroun...

  • Static tackling on knees.

  • Basic tackling skills.
  • Tackler to start in a low position.
  • Tackler to position their head behind the player, squeeze their arms ...

  • Static tackling on knees.

  • Basic tackling skills.
  • Tackler to start in a low position.
  • Tackler to position their head behind the player, squeeze their arms ...

  • Staying Square and Fixing Defenders

    • Exercise aimed at attackers staying square when running towards a defender in order to fix them to the spot and then spin a pass out to the si...

    Striking the ball

    Introducing the skill of 'striking' for the ball.

    Hooker against a tackle pad, with the scrum half punting in the ball from the left hand si...

    Structure Defence

  • 5 attackers - 10 defenders (or 2 to 1 ratio dependent on numbers)
  • Start slowly with ruck ball
  • Defenders cannot steal ball
  • Support Gauntlet

    Drill to practice decision making.

    Set up a grid 10m wide and 35m long with cones at the start (yellow), 5m (orange), 15m (blue), 30m (red) a...

    Support play touch

    • Develop speed to break down and attacking skills.
    • When the player was touched, laid down and presents properly (turnover if i...

    Tackle and clear out

    3 players (one in tackle suit, one with ball) and one tackle bag.

    Player in tackle suit crouches or kneels next to tack...

    Tackle and Offload

    Three players start off in a coned area.

    Player 1 with a ball jogs in a straight line.

    Player two runs in from ...

    Tackle and ruck clearing

    Players work in groups of four against two defenders (holding tackle bags) who are stood inside the channel.

    The attackers run around the fu...

    Tackle Challenge

    • The exercise stand clockwise, with the first player going from the bottom left cone. The defender must tackle that player to the ground.
    • ...

    Tackle Clamp Partner Jackle

    The aim of the drill is to encourage the tackler to challenge for the ball after the tackle with a supporting player (+1) to clamp on his inside to re...

    Tackle Conditioning

    • This is a simply set up game designed to test players' ability to continuously make tackles, especially when fatigued.
    • Each area shoul...

    Tackle Contact

    Players 3m apart – slightly crouched

    One of pair nominated as tackler

    On balls of feet, with feet shoulder width apart the coach call...

    Tackle Fitness

    • The runner/tackler starts 10 meters back, runs forward and places the ball down just before the bag, and in the same motion hits the bag maki...

    Tackle from behind

    Drill to practice chasing and tackling someone.

    Roughly 5m x 10m channel. Players lined up in two lines behind red cones.

    First two pla...

    Tackle from waist

    Two players start off in a coned area.

    Player 1 with a ball jogs in a straight line.

    Player two runs in from the side to tackle playe...

    Tackle plus one space

    The aim of the drill is to encouragement the tackler and a supporting player (+1) challenge for the space on the tackle.

    Tackle Practice - 1v1

    Close down the space quickly, make yourself big.

    Keep moving forward with short steps, stay balanced, take contact, grip tight.

    Tackle practice

  • Teams of 3 one team with ball.
  • Start with both teams on their own goal line.
    Team with ball attempts to score
    Defending team allowed...

    Tackle Progression 1v1

    1. Tracking

    Create a V shaoped conned area.

    Defender at one end, attacker at the other end.

    At...

    Tackle Roll

    The aim of the drill is to encourage the tackler to roll away from the tackle and get back on to his feet.

    Tackle Space

    Contact Defence

    The aim of the drill is to encourage the tackler to challenge for the space over the ball after the tackle....

    Tackle

    Start with this simple tackling drill with no resistance to the tackle to get your players warmed up and used to contact.

    Tackle Technique 5/5- Grip

    • Groups 2
    • ball

    More use of thre hands

    After the Arms have wrapped around the attacker.

    Grab onto shorts, shirt ...

    Tackle Touch Game

    • 2 Teams
    • Ball
    • Bibs

    Tackle touch is a contact game that focuses on technique rather than the power...

    Tackle Touch Game

    • 2 Teams
    • Ball
    • Bibs

    Tackle touch is a contact game that focuses on technique rather than the power...

    Tackle Tube Clear Out

    • Each station has two tackle tubes perpendicular to each other in a T shape.
    • The tackler tackles the bottom of the T, while there is a ...

    Tackle, Bounce, Compete

    • Sausage
    • Cones

    After you have completed the bounce motion, you can bounce and fire.

    Fire - is by any mean...

    Tackle, Bounce, Compete

    • Sausage
    • Cones

    After you have completed the bounce motion, you can bounce and fire.

    Fire - is by any mean...

    Tackle, Bounce, Compete

    • Sausage
    • Cones

    After you have completed the bounce motion, you can bounce and fire.

    Fire - is by any mean...

    Tackle, Bounce, Compete

    • Sausage
    • Cones

    After you have completed the bounce motion, you can bounce and fire.

    Fire - is by any mean...

    Tackling (static).

  • Tackler to stand in a squat position.
  • Player with ball standing (static).
  • Tackler hitting the player with the ball low with their sh...

  • Tackling 2

    Close down space quickly, make yourself big, keep moving forward with short steps, stay balanced, take contact, grip tight.

    Tackling in grid (game).

  • Working in a grid.
  • Start both players half way in between the cones of one side of the grid.
  • When commanded, each player is to run a...

  • Tackling on knees game.

  • 2 Players to a grid.
  • Player with ball starting at one side of the grid and their aim is to reach to other side of the grid to win.
  • ...

  • Tackling on knees

    2 players and 1 ball.

    Player A kneels down with the ball in their hands.

    Player B kneels with one leg on the ground in the set positi...

    Tackling practice

  • Balls and cones
    In a 10m grid, two teams on two adjacent cones. On GO, the player with the ball walks diagonally towards the opposite cone whi...

  • Tackling Star

    Drill to practice making multiple tackles in a period of time.

    Set up a circle of 6 cones with a padman opposite each cone (between 2m and 5m...

    The Saddle Roll Technique

    • This clearing technique is used to remove defenders who have latched onto the ball and are in a low body position.
    • One player is bridg...

    Three Player Circuit

    • The players in their groups of 3 stand between the lines of the inner square with the working group stood inside the other players.
    • ...

    Three Player Circuit

    • The players in their groups of 3 stand between the lines of the inner square with the working group stood inside the other players.
    • ...

    Touch Ruck Game 4 v 4

    Defenders must use two hands to tag the ball carrier and have the body position as if performing a tackle

    Once tagged the ball carrier goes ...

    Touch Ruck Game

  • Groups of 10
  • 5 v 5 match, after each touch the touch player must simulate a ruck by hitting the floor.
  • Allow 1 player to clear def...

  • Touch Rugby with mini-maul

    Touch rugby in teams of 5. Once a team has been touched three times change possession.

    When a player is touched, the tackler stays in passiv...

    Track and Tackle 1v1

    In a grid an attacker is positioned on one end and a defender at the other end.

    Defender passes to the attacker who attempts to score a...

    Tracking hit

    Tracking hit (2 x 10 minutes in split groups)

    Set up

    3 different colour cones on the gain line. 2m spacing (set up 3-4 are...

    Turn-Over Game

    Tell the players the following......

    1. We are going to play a game, the 7 defenders will stay in defence throughout, and the 5 attacking...

    Walking side tackle.

  • Player with ball walking in a straight direction, with the tackler walking in from the side.


  • Introducing a bit of pace into the ta...

  • Wave After Wave

    • Keep your player briefing, brief! Tell the players the following or have a demonstration group.....
    1. We have 1 scrum half,...

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    Sessions

    Contact Skills in the Tackle

    Instil confidence and tackle toughness into your players with this tackling from the front, side and back session! Build their knowledge of the benefi...

    Coaching the Blitz Defence

    Develop the aggressive Blitz defending style in you game and don’t let the opposition get comfortable on the ball with this session.

    Coaching the Drift Defence

    Get your players thinking their way through this session, focussing on Drift Defence when the opposition have an overlap on the outside.

    Pre-season Contact Build-Up

    After a long off season period it's important to carefully ease your players back into contact - use this session to get your players tackling again i...

    Defensive Dominance!

    With this high intensity session, improve your team's defensive skills, whilst also working on their fitness

    Ruck through the Gate

    Teach your team to ruck safely, effectively and quickly. By going 'through the gate' you'll avoid giving away penalties and encourage better binding

    Confidence in Contact: part 2

    Continue to improve your player's confidence when using contact, with the second of our Confidence in Contact sessions

    Answers

    Community Drills

    Ball carrier leg drive and support

    Ball carrier drives against the defender (Pad)Support player follows closelyBall carrier assumes tackle and presents the ballSupport player drives ove...

    Pick up and hit bag

    Player has back to bag. On the coaches call run around the cone and chase down loose ball. Pick up the ball with one fluid movement and drive up into ...

    4-point tackle

    Remind offense that this is a defensive drill. Mindset is to get defender thinking about his positioning and how/where to tackle based on that positio...

    Autosave 62987924

    Game- Add it all together. Continuity, move the ball before contact, backs to use the wide pass- Teams of 8-12 Contact game, encourage the ruck, maxi...

    Tackle Practice

    Ensure players remain on knees to reduce impactGood grip round attacker (Ring of Steel)Hitting with the shoulderPostion head to Correct side (Cheek to...

    Hook & Grab

    In pairs players face each other on their feet, 1 step appart. On coaches call players tackle with a Hook first then Grab to get hold of player finis...