Tackles are, for many rugby players, one of the excitements of the game but a tackle can be quite scary for a younger player. It is important for rugby players to know the different types of tackles as well as how to tackle another player safely. It is also important for the coach to know how to train his players in the “art” of the rugby tackle.

Below are the different types of rugby tackles:

  • Side Tackle On Both Knees
  • One Knee Side Tackle
  • Front On Tackle With Roll To Side
  • Front Knee Tackle
  • Squat Tackle
  • Side Squat Tackle
  • Standing Side Tackle
  • Standing Front Tackle
  • Front Tackle Progression
  • Arm
  • Collision
  • Jersey
  • Lift
  • Shoulder
  • Smother
  • Tap

There are ways to tackle safely, without causing too much damage to yourself or to the other player. Bending at the waist, once you have decided on and are moving towards your opponent, can help to protect your lower body during a tackle. To tackle your opponent safely and properly, keep your arms raised to shoulder height when approaching him. Tackling can lead to serious head injuries, so be sure to position your head away from your opponent’s knees – it is a good idea to position your head in the opposite direction of where you plan to tackle.

Coaches, here are some useful tips when teaching your players to tackle:

  • Tell players to use their knees, shoulders or hips to absorb the impact when falling, not their hands.
  • Make sure your players progress slowly with their level of contact and intensity.
  • Make sure every player practices with a ball in both hands.
  • Ensure every player knows how to land – from ball carriers to tacklers.
  • Tell players not to become overly aggressive when tackling opponents.