Developed in consultation with specialist skills, breakdown and International coach, Richie Gray, Gilbert have developed a range of specialist training equipment to target the tackle and breakdown skills.
The Edge Contact Shield has been designed to be easily carried by the shield holder and is used to isolate the skill of initial contact and follow up within the ball carry. The attacking player must work on dropping his/her body height as they approach the shield. They are then able to late step to target the edge of the shield. With this training aid the ball carry technique can be practiced in a controlled safe environment before going “live”.
The shield carrier can change the height of the shield. The training aid encourages excellent timing, accuracy and body movement coming into, through and finishing off the controlled and dynamic ball carry.
Due to the Edge Contact Shield having a lip on the top of the shield, this can be used as a ball carrier height control and an edge to bring about initial shoulder contact accuracy if you choose to use the shield for tackle technique.
Gilbert Tackle Equipment is manufactured from water resistant fabric with interior foam construction to the highest of standards to ensure they maintain their structure and quality. The high gloss finish makes sure that the equipment remains ‘mud free’ during the rugby season.
Gilbert Tackle Equipment has a specifically woven material which enhances the durability and strength to ensure they can withstand anything thrown at them.
Sizing - currently available in Senior only. Available as part of the Gilbert Rugby Clubs' Bulk Training Collection.