Rugby

Tries worth 6 points in NPC 2016

2015-12-24 06:30
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Cape Town - Tries will be worth six points in New Zealand's national rugby championship (NPC) next year, according to the Stuff website.

The changes will also include penalties being reduced from three points to two points.

There will also be a new offside line that will be moved one metre back from a redefined ruck, where the confusing "gate" will be ditched and the rights of the tackler reduced.

The moves are part of World Rugby's trials to make the sport more attacking and appealing. Australia's national championship and Welsh leagues have already been operating under the new scoring system.

New Zealand is also set to trial two referees in the 2016 NPC.

TIMELINE - RUGBY POINTS SCORING

1845

In the early days of the game you only scored points by kicking goals. Under the first laws of the game to earn a "try" at goal you had to get the ball over the goal line between the posts and would be awarded one point.

1886

Goals were increased to three points with a try one point.

1888

Points for penalty goals were introduced at two points.

1891

Penalties were increased to four points with a converted try worth five points and unconverted tries two points.

1893

Penalties reduced to two points and unconverted tries increased to three points.

1905

Penalties increased to four points and field goals set at four points.

1948

Penalties and field goals reduced to three points.

1971

Points for a try increased to four points.

1992

Points for a try increased to five points.

2014

Australia trials six point tries and reduces penalties to two in domestic competition.

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