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Breakdown - Ball Carry into Contact - Y and HS with Brendon Ratcliffe

This is about contact technique, it’s not something that needs to be done at a hundred miles an hour, but at a low tempo, low impact approach will help give your players confident.

Part 1. Starter Coach Contact 6:46 Free video

New to the game of rugby and want to learn and understand how to be powerful in the contact and stay safe? Ex Rugby Site Manager and Otago coach Ben Herring explains good safe technique for going into contact in this video.

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Part 2. Ball Carry into Contact   4:47 Member content

Who is the most critical person in dictating whether you retain the ball in the tackle? When is it best to go to ground? What does generate the ‘force’ mean? How best to ‘keep the ball away’? Find out in Brendon’s latest video.

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Part 3. Eton Manor RFC - Contact & Cleanout 9:35 Member content

How to set and deliver a contact and clear out session for junior players?
Watch Bristol player Junior Fatialofa takes the juniors through a contact and clean out session during our Eton Manor clinic. It’s all about delivering clear messages with good safe technique and having fun.

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Part 4. Taking the Ball into Contact 9:57 Member content

How do you take the contact on your own terms?

Successful British and Irish Lions and Wales Coach Warren Gatland explains in detail in his Contact video.

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Dance into the tackle

Hitting and spinning

Using a fend

Spinning when on the ground

It’s all about getting the ball back onto your side and retaining possession!

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Part 5. Ball Carry into Contact 4:31 Member content

This session from one of the most physical players in world rugby, focuses on the ball carry into contact
British and Irish Lion and England lock Courtney Lawes uses all of his 6’ 7" frame to demonstrate how to get your team on the front foot, retain possession and deliver fast, effective ball in the contact area.

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Course Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
Duration 35:36
Topics Breakdown Youth Coaching
Applicable to Coaches  
Languages English

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All the basics reinforced.


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