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Great training activity for players just starting in rugby by David Clarke

The US rugby development team are doing a great job rolling out rugby to new players. Here is one their coaches showing young players how to develop lateral passing. It is not a new idea, but it is extremely well executed.

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Tackle technique video by David Clarke
March 16, 2010, 1:45 pm
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, rugby defence, Rugby Skills | Tags: , ,

I think this is one of the clearest tackle technique videos I have seen.

Use this as a template to improve your tacklers.

From USA Rugby

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Understanding the laws at the tackle area by David Clarke
May 6, 2009, 3:07 pm
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, ELVs | Tags: , , ,

Here is an excellent video from the US Rugby coaching newsletter.

Many thanks to Jen Gray for allowing me to post this piece.

USA Tackle Video
It is often difficult to safely and effectively coach a tackle, especially to new players of the game. However, if coaches had more insight as to what the Referee’s will be looking for on the pitch, then your team would have an advantage. Check out the helpful link below!

To attain better consistency at the tackle, USA Rugby Referee Management have put together 20 minutes of 40 clips (all 2009 RSL matches), covering most aspects of the tackle and ruck– what is allowed and what should not be allowed. Also included, are recommendations for unplayables – understand that a quick unplayable is a key tool to communicate a message to players.(Note: an unplayable is when a player falls over the ball and makes it unplayable to either side. Sanction a penalty kick.) Link to the video is here:

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Flag or tag rugby, a great advert by David Clarke
November 13, 2008, 9:09 am
Filed under: Dan Cottrell | Tags: , ,

Watch this great video on US flag rugby.

Sealing and bridging: profit and loss by David Clarke


Last week I posted the IRB reminders on the interpretation of the law about “bridging and sealing”. It is not explicitly stated in the law book but here are the rough definitions:


Bridging: forming a bridge with your legs or knees and hands or elbows over the ball.

Sealing: securing yourself to the tackled player, preventing the opposition grabbing the ball and if driven back, taking the tackled player and ball with you.


Since, in the spirit of the game, players are meant to stay on their feet, any attempt by players who are not on their feet to prevent the ball being contested is illegal.


Market forces have prevailed though. Coaches and players are always seeking ways to profit from the laws.

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