Interesting to see if what affect this has, if any.
Australia’s revamped National Rugby Championship will kick off next week under experimental rules and with a new scoring system designed to encourage try-scoring over kicking for points.
The Australian Rugby Union launched the nine-team interstate competition Wednesday, a week ahead of the tournament opener between Brisbane City and the Sydney Stars. Queensland Country, Macquarie University North Harbour, Greater Sydney Rams, NSW Country Eagles, University of Canberra Vikings, Melbourne Rising and Perth Spirit are the other teams.
Organizers sought feedback from fans for the tournament and the No. 1 change suggested was in the points system.
In experimental variations approved by the International Rugby Board, the points for a penalty goal and dropped goal will be reduced from three points to two, and try conversions will be increased from two to three points. The other changes involve speeding up the game, with time limits to be implemented for setting scrums and lineouts, and taking shots at goal.