Australian Rugby introduces innovations in scoring techniques

Australian Rugby is one of the leading forces in the rugby world and a greater part of it is due to the elaborate thought process planning and execution that goes behind each of the infrastructural and tactical decisions taken by the experts in the field. The newest innovation introduced by Australian Rugby Union through their chief Bill Pulver is the method of reducing points from penalties and drop goals in order to encourage try scoring. The radical experimentation is being done to ensure the kind of football that the country endorses which involves smart creative and running rugby. From now onwards penalties and drop goals will be worth two points each and that of conversions will be increased to three points. Two points for penalty goal, field goal and three for conversions will result in effect of eight points for one converted try. As a result of this the players are expected to kick for touch and play on instead of kicking for goals at key moments of the match.
Even though the plan sounds effective some negative effects have been pointed out by World Cup winning coach of Australian Rugby, Bob Dwyer, who was also in a committee that recommended the changes in the rule book. Professional fouls will be encouraged to a greater extent than before, believes Dwyer. The other changes of rules include a time limit of 30 seconds to set a scrum, quick line throw ins are allowed even if the ball is touched by officials or other players provided it is with the same ball, if a team does not genuinely contest a line out ball the straightness of the throw is not considered. Lastly instead of the four bonus points for try the winning team will receive a bonus point for three or greater number of tries more than their opponents.

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