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Tackle - Advanced Session Plan - A with The Rugby Site

The hits get bigger. The defense systems are quicker and the pressure on the skill sets is greater. This tackle session plan is all about becoming physically and mentally prepared for the step up in intensity.

Part 1. Tackle Warm up 1   4:56 Member content

All Black World Cup winning coach Wayne Smith gets tackle ready with his warm up session

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Part 2. Tackle Warm up 2 7:31 Member content

Sir Graham Henry, ex world cup winning All Black coach gets you further warmed up with his Defense Line Integrity Drill. Best way to get players thinking defence and lining up for the tackle.

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Part 3. Frontal Tackle 7:36 Member content

Champion coach Wayne Smith details the Frontal Tackle ideal for your training. Players can gradually increase their intensity in the tackle throughout the session. Use Ben Herrings Technical tackle series for drills to address any of the following: Keeping square,
Dictating the tackle, Feet in close, Shoulder on, Effective Tackle Grip, Leg Drive in the Tackle. This keeps players focused on their core tackle skills.

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Part 4. Chop Tackle 23:02 Member content

We continue with World Cup winning coach Wayne Smith and his explanation and practice drill for the Chop Tackle

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Part 5. Reacting and Adjusting Defence Alignment 6:20 Member content

Ex All Black captain Rodney So’oialo details defence realignment drill.
Players incorporate their tackle skills into their defensive system. Defence players must decide whether to make a frontal or chop tackle as they realign in phase play.

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Course Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
Duration 49:25
Topics Session Plans
Applicable to Coaches   Players   Others   Supporters and fans  
Languages English

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Course reviews

Doing tonight!!!! All great stuff. We’re focusing on tackle and ruck defense. using this and other material and sincerely grateful for all the content.


The fascination with the rugby league style tackle is losing to many metres to the opposition. This tackle drill enforces why we tackle the way we do


Great drills and thinking outside the box.


The players enjoyed doing the primers. They appreciated knowing the purpose and specifics of technique in doing the primers. A fun component also made it enjoyable. Ka pai.

New Zealand

More progressions like this one…really great!


I like the term shutting the door, and BIG is great really useful drill


These are awesome ! Thank you very much


awesome coach ,


Good video!


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