Teams that draw will now get two points each with a similar bonus point available for high scoring.
The Six Nations Council announced the change of structure in relation to match and bonus points that will also apply to the Womens and Under-20s Six Nations Championships too.
We believe that the initiative will enhance our competitions for fans, teams, broadcasters and all of those for whom the Championship means so much., Chief Executive of Six Nations said: The drama and excitement of the last weekend of the RBS 6 Nations Championship.
The chief executive, John Feehan, is right to seek to protect the unique dynamic that ensures the title is never truly settled before the final weekend but also knows rugby has to keep pace with sports increasingly less patient audiences.
Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian.The trial will be "evaluated" after next year's competitions.The reason behind the changes are simply to reward attacking rugby, a positive step for the tournament, the teams that play a positive brand of rugby and improve the spectacle - principally the enjoyment of the supporters.The system - already used in the World Cup, English Premiership, Pro12 and the National Rugby Championship in Australia - will also be trialled in the the Women's Six Nations and the Under 20s Six Nations championships.How, exactly, is that cheapening the sacred allure of international rugby?The Six Nations committees decision to break belatedly with tradition and give them a whirl in 2017 is a bit like your grandfather joining Twitter.It will be a surprise to this observer, though, if this belated trial does not prove to be a popular way forward.A losing team could pick up two bonus points - one if they score four or more tries and another if they lose by fewer than seven points.Irelands, Chairman of the Six Nations said: We have been looking at the feasibility of a bonus point system for a while and examining what the lottery winners music kind of bonus point system would work best, given the unique properties and format of our Championships.England won each of their five games in last season's championship.Previously sides have been separated by points difference which does not always tell the full story."It is important for us to ensure that any bonus point system which is implemented would not, in any way, take away from this unique dynamic.
It is not going to affect a grand slam-winning team anyone winning all five matches will receive an additional three-point bonus but might just alter the approach of sides in the middle, with more prize money on offer to those who finish higher in the.
Bonus points have been introduced into the 2017.
At a time when the global rugby schedule is being renegotiated it also demonstrates a slightly more flexible mindset, something every administrator in world rugby needs to have right now.
The awarding of the three points for a Grand Slam means rules out such an eventuality.Ireland scored just eight in 2015.It should also ensure that teams will play to the final whistle to try and grab a losing bonus point or continue to chase the four-try bonus point.The only aspect that differentiates the 2017 Six Nations format from the Champions Cup or the Guinness Pro 12 is that a team that wins the Grand Slam in the Six Nations will be awarded a further three match points as a reward.When the Six Nations chairman, Pat Whelan, talks about enhancing our competition for fans, teams, broadcasters and all of those for whom the championship means so much it is reasonable to speculate that television companies, in particular, have been keen to try something different.We needed to ensure that whatever bonus point system we selected would work with the already proven structure of the Championships and would serve to materially improve what is already there.
The Six Nations has announced there will be a bonus-point system in the 2017 championship to "encourage and reward try scoring and attacking play".
England won their first Grand Slam in 13 years in last season's competition.
As recently as 2013, for example, Wales won the title having scored just nine tries in their five games.