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Rugby 101 Education Center for Tackle & Touch

USA Rugby 2023-2024 Game Management Guidelines

Click the link below for the latest update from USA Rugby on the key points of the Laws of the Game.

Tackle & Touch Rugby Laws

Tackle rugby in Arizona will be played under the World Rugby Laws of Rugby: CLICK HERE

The Youth Touch Rugby Rules that we play under in Arizona:  CLICK HERE

Youth Tackle – Matrix of Variations for U10, U12, U14 (incl. weight chart): CLICK HERE

This page contains links to instructional resources like You Tube videos to help you gain an appreciation for the finer points of rugby by observing how the professionals play the game.  Youth non-contact rugby in Arizona uses International Touch Rugby rules as its base but adds in rugby related elements like the scrum and the lineout to help the younger players develop skills and an understanding of the full contact tackle game of rugby union.


A basic overview of rugby



Lots of great training modules on this site, all free!  Test yourself with a Law exam,  learn the what Rugby Ready means, get the basics on First Aid and concussion management, and a whole lot more.   The Beginners Guide to Rugby has a pdf to download and a short quiz to check your understanding of the game.

Beginners Guide to Rugby Union:

Law Exam:

Rugby Ready:

Safe Tackling Techniques

Here are a few short clips (1-3 min) on how to make a safe tackle – head to the side (cheek to cheek), aim for the bellybutton with your shoulder, wrap the arms around the legs, fall down with the runner, try to land on top of the runner.

Equally important is how to take a tackle.  Do not stick your arms out to brace your fall with your hands, you might hurt your wrists or forearms.  Keep your arms tucked in and roll your body down to the ground.

Basic how to do a rugby tackle

Tom Wood tackle techniques

BokSmart tackle safety

Richie McCaw tackle attitude

BokSmart safety during ball carries

Jacques Burger - tackling

Rugby Smart – Pat Lam tackling techniques (8 min)


Fifteens Rugby

8 forwards (the  scrum), one scrumhalf, 6 backs.  Roles and jersey numbers are as follows.

Scrum Front row:  Tight head prop (1), hooker (2), loose head prop (3)
Scrum 2nd row:  Lock (4), Lock (5)
Scrum Back row:  Openside flanker (7), Number Eight (8), Blindside Flanker (6)

Scrumhalf (9)
Backs:  Flyhalf (10), Left wing (11), Inside center (12), Outside center (13), Right wing (14), Fullback (15).

Rob Webber - hooker throw-in or Kevin Mealamu - hooker throw-in

Adam Jones - front row scrumming  and tight head techniques

Joe Marler - how to scrum

Sam Warburton - the breakdown

Riche McCaw - breakdown

Richie McCaw - flanker

Lawrence Dallaglio - #8 scrumming

Peter Stringer - scrum half

George Gregan - scrum half

Aaron Smith - scrumhalf passing and box kicking

Danny Cipriani - fly half

Dan Carter - drop kick

Manu Tuilagi - center

Mike Brown - fullback

Shane Williams - sidestep

Freddie Burns - backs running lines

Stuart Hogg - counter attack options

Austin Healey / Steve Hanley -  winger defence

Austin Healey / Chris Pennell - full back counter attack

Mike Brown - catching the high ball  or  Ben Smith - the high ball


Playlist of 74 Rugby Tonight Masterclass episodes


A good base attacking structure for a 15s team is to use forwards in two pods of 3 players to break the gain line, draw in defenders, and then create space out wide for our speedy outside backs to get 2 on 1 overlaps against isolated defenders.

This 5 min video gives an overview of this 1-3-3-1 attacking structure:  Overview of the basic 1-3-3-1 attacking shape


Match Highlights - Fifteens Rugby

Highlights of the 2019 World Cup Final, South Africa v England:

Highlights of the 2019 World Cup Bronze Final, New Zealand v Wales:

Highlights of the 2019 World Cup Semi-Final England v New Zealand:

2015 World Cup Final, New Zealand v Australia (full match):

Highlights of one of the greatest games of 15s rugby ever played, the 2000 Bledisloe Cup between Australia and New Zealand:

Sevens Rugby

World Rugby You Tube Channel:

This is a good general site with lots of clips of rugby action.

For videos on 7s rugby, go to World Rugby website and click on the HSBC Series link:

Or get on Youtube and search for Perry Baker, Danny Barrett or Carlin Isles,  3 of our current great Eagles 7s players.

International Touch Rugby

There are videos on You Tube of international touch rugby:

2015 World Cup Final – Australia vs New Zealand

Note here how quickly the ball is played after the tag and the scrum half is right there ready to pick up the ball and keep going, and the support players are already running forward ready to receive the ball.

2017 Mixed Touch - Australia vs New Zealand

2011 World Cup Final – Mixed – Australia vs New Zealand

The Touch New Zealand You Tube Channel:


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