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Who is the best celebrity rugby tackler? by David Clarke

There’s no secret about success. Did you ever know a successful man who didn’t tell you about it?
So said Kin Hubbard, the American cartoonist, humorist, and journalist of the early 1900’s.

There are many “secrets” of successful tackling that you are told about. But Hubbard would not have realised that the real secrets that the successful coach won’t tell you about occur in the next stage.

The second session of tackling is more vital than the first. The secret to a successful tackle is the follow through. That is actually a literal and physical statement. You need to follow through the coaching and the player needs to follow through the tackle.

The technique of tackling is about making AND completing the tackle. Players who complete the tackle will not miss the tackle. To complete the tackle, the tackler should land on top of the tackled player, or at worst be in a position to get to their feet before the tackled player can do so. Half tackles allow continuity. Half tackles can lead to quarter tackles where the ball carrier breaks free.

So the secret I am revealing is thus: Practise the follow through and completion of the tackle in the second session. This neatly builds on the first session and enhances the skills to “make” the tackle. And those skills are good footwork to get close to the ball carrier, a strong impact with the shoulder, a ring of steel with the arms, leg drive through the tackle and using the body to twist and roll with the tackle.

Who is the best celebrity tackler?

I found this piece on Cliff Richard in Contact

SIR CLIFF RICHARD dominated his classmates on the sports field as a young boy – he was his school’s most aggressive rugby player.
The British crooner, 67, is now well-known for his mild-mannered stage persona, but as a youngster he was a feisty athlete – scaring his schoolmates with his dominating style of play.


Cliff Richard
In a new book, Cliff Richard: The Bachelor Boy, former pupil Pete Bush recalls, “He was an absolute madman on the rugby pitch. He would go for you and his whole intention was to get you.
“He was terribly aggressive. He would go in hard. No one wanted to get tackled by Harry Webb, as we knew him in those days. He didn’t mind getting dirty.”
Brian Cooke, another student at Cheshunt School in England, adds, “He was pretty good at football and rugby. Also, a lot of people don’t realise that he was undoubtedly the best scrapper in the school. You didn’t play around with him. You wouldn’t have gone around picking on him.”


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