RUGBY SKILLS: HOW TO TRAIN WITH TACKLE WEDGES AND BAGS?

Check out our tackle wedges and bags and learn how to train with them. 

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In this article we give you our advice on how to do drills with a tackle wedge and tackle bag. Essential for training, tackle wedges and bags can be used for different phases of the game.

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1. TRAINING WITH A TACKLE BAG

This first drill uses a tackle bag only. Whether you're a beginner or a more experienced player, the aim is to get your body in the correct position, particularly your shoulders, back and legs, so that you can attack the bag properly. The bag can be loose or held by a team-mate and released at the moment of impact. Don't go too far away though; the idea is to lift the bag up again and allow different players to make tackle after tackle.

2. PRACTISING CLEAR-OUTS

In this drill a team-mate holds the tackle wedge up. The idea is to make contact with the wedge with one shoulder and then the other. In hitting the wedge with either shoulder you are practising a clear-out in the ruck. The aim is to run fast and hit the wedge hard.

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3. RECOVERING THE BALL AFTER A TACKLE

This third drill is performed with the tackle wedge and bag. The first phase involves making a tackle on a bag positioned in front of you, getting quickly to your feet and then charging into a team-mate holding a tackle shield. The goal is to work on counter-rucking by getting back on your feet immediately after a tackle.

4. USING THE BAG AS A DECOY

For this last drill place the bag upright at the heart of the action. The idea is to work on your positioning and ability to react. Two players stand on either side of the bag: one the attacker (holding a ball), and the other the defender. The drill involves the attacker moving the bag in the direction they want and the defender trying to stop them.

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