Thursday, July 31, 2014

Rugby Skills and Safety

European and Southern Hemisphere ruggers have known for ages that proper tacklnig technique is essential to playing the game at a high level and a safe level. In our experience, we've also found that American high school girls learn this concept better and more quickly than boys playing the sport, because they learn the proper technique from the beginning.

 No more clear example of this can be seen than in the recent stories coming out of Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks pre-season training camp. Head Coach Pete Carroll spent the off-season studying tackling and turned to rugby for lessons to implement with his already top ranked defense. He's noted the effectiveness and safety of rugby tackling technique. Ruggers on our high school teams may recognize some of the drills used.

 Carroll even released his own instructional video, embedded below: Video   It's worth taking a look!

There's also an article on Pro Football Talk about how "the smartest in the game of football are going back to it's roots"

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