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Building blocks for contact - Women - All with Lesley McKenzie

In this series, we hear from Japan national women's coach Lesley Mckenzie on building women players' confidence going into contact.

Part 4. Interview with Lesley McKenzie 16:07 Free video

As part of our Women’s Rugby series, Producer Warren talked with Japan Women’s XV’s coach Lesley McKenzie and her dog Boy. Enjoy!

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Part 5. Building Blocks for Contact 11:05 Member content

In this video, Lesley progresses through simple, easy to replicate steps for the young players to get accustomed to and enjoy, the unique experience of the Rugby Tackle. Enjoy!

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Part 6. Building Blocks for Contact - Hip Snap from the Feet 6:22 Member content

In this video, Lesley progress the Hip Snap to a standing position. Enjoy!

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Part 7. Building Blocks for Contact - Footwork & Hitting a Bag 8:40 Member content

This week, Lesley continues with her new players progressing the Contact Building Blocks onto Tackle Bag hits. Enjoy!

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Part 8. Building Blocks for Contact - Putting it all Together 6:21 Member content

This week, having completed the Tackle Primers, Lesley completes Contact Building Blocks session Shifting the Tackle focus onto the next ball carrier. Enjoy!

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Course Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
Duration 75:40
Topics Coaches Corner Catch and Pass Interviews Tackling Women's Rugby
Applicable to Coaches   Players   Others   Supporters and fans  
Languages English

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Course reviews

Brilliant drill, well explained, i would have used balls on the person tackled so they also work on how to fall using their core even more.


Thanks Lesley, great to see some different ways of buidling up the tackle.


Great tackle build up drills. Players can see how effective it is at each step and work on weak points.


great interview!


This is brilliant from Lesley McKenzie. Her patience and clarity in communication is such an important quality to replicate as coaches.


Explanation excellent for players and coaches – very clear what to look for.


Great drill, we use it all the time now. Makes my girls think outside the box.


Very clear instructions, well presented, doing the basics correctly, eliminating poor techniques.


Awesome work, Lesley! Hips don’t lie! Can’t wait to use this with my teams


Very informative for younger and beginner players.

South Africa

Great communication for feedback!


Nice work Southland Girls some very good drills and self reflection conducted.

New Zealand

Square hips! How? Open the hips with the first step, we should eliminate the dominant leg moving first. Love the exercise, a lot going on.


Great interview and journey.


I’m glad to see the growth in opportunities for women in coaching. This video is full of ‘little gems’ for coaches, regardless of gender. An enlightening interview. Thanks.


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