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6 years 11 months ago #28058

The NRC (domestic australian rugby championship ) kicks off this weekend afaik and they are trialing a few interesting rule changes with the blessing of IRB.

The significant ones relate to the points allocated to a score. A penalty and drop goal are downgraded to 2 pts and a conversion upgraded to 3pts. I personally agree with the penalty and conversion but disagree with drop goal which imo is a fantastic skill and should be worth more than a penalty.

The other relates to a penalty awarded after time has elapsed for half or fulltime. Currently you must keep ball in play by tap and go or scrum. The rule change allows option to go for lineout and take it. I agree with this.

Third one gets rid of bonus point for 4 tries. It instead awards bp for beating opponent by 3 tries or more. I dont agree with this.

There are other small changes but those above are the significant. ARU CEO hopes they are adopted internationally if successful.

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6 years 11 months ago #28098

Unfortunately I'm old enough to be playing when the move from 5 points for a converted try to 6 points was made in the 1970s, then 7 points in the 1990s - and now this proposal is 8 points.

The impact from all the previous changes was the exact opposite of what was hoped for. There was an immediate reduction in the number of tries scored and a massive increase in the number of penalties awarded. Players naturally felt (as I did at the time) it was much better to concede a penalty to prevent a try being scored.

The one good thing since then was the introduction of the Yellow Card - ideal for dealing with cynical behaviour and the dreaded 'professional fouls'. Expect to see a lot more of them in these games.

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