11 Sep 2015

Changes to points scoring to be trialled in rugby

1:02 pm on 11 September 2015

World Rugby has confirmed the trial of a number of changes of laws in domestic competitions.

Included in the trial, which the world governing body hopes will make the game safer and more entertaining, is a change in scoring points.

Dan Carter kicks against Samoa 2015

Dan Carter kicks against Samoa 2015 Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Tries will be increased in value to six, while penalties will be reduced to two points.

The new points scoring system will first be used in this year's Australian National Rugby Championship.

Wales' club rugby competition and next year's Pacific Challenge Cup will also trial the changes.

World Rugby hopes the alterations will increase continuity and increase the reward for scoring tries over penalties.

World Rugby announced they would also trial an eight-point reward for a penalty try with no conversion necessary from in front of the posts, in a move designed to help speed up the game.

Every four years, rugby's governing body undertakes a complete health-check of the game's playing trends across the Rugby World Cup cycle to ensure that the sport continues to develop at all levels around the world.