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Tackle skills - All with Courtney Lawes

Courtney Lawes is renowned for his ability to make big hits and his versatility in the forward pack, being at home in both the second and back rows. Growing up beside Franklin’s Gardens, Courtney was a club player for Northampton Old Scouts’ RFC and now plays for the Northampton Saints. He won the first of his 14 English caps against Australia in 2009, aged 19 and won Investec Man of the Autumn Series in 2010. His athleticism, 6’7” frame and uncompromising style ensures Courtney challenges opponents in all aspects of the game.

Part 1. Ball carrying & clear out   4:31 Member content

This session from one of the most physical players in world rugby, focusses on the two key roles and responsibilities at the breakdown. The ball carrier and the clearer. 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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Part 2. Tackle Techniques 4:40 Member content

“I love defending and putting in big hits, but you have to understand that the safest technique is also the best technique.” In this video Courtney Lawes takes you through the tackling technique that works for him. From the importance of foot placement in generate force through to being comfortable using both left and right shoulders and of course head placement for safety.

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Course Part 1, Part 2
Duration 09:11
Topics Player Programme Coaches Corner
Applicable to Coaches   Players   Others  
Languages English

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Course reviews

Great videos from Courtney. Wasn’t sure what to expect as he’s often portrayed in commentary as a tackle machine and little else.

These videos show his great knowledge and obvious work ethic but also coaching technique. Everything is clearly explained, roles identified, good examples praised. Well worth a watch.


Great, concise explanations from someone who walks the talk – man’s got a future as a coach.


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Very simply explained, simple drills and game related.


Good demonstration of the skill and correct technique. Also excellent reinforcement of the key points to focus on.


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