Bonus points stay

Irish Examiner - Sport - - RUGBY -

The bonus points sys­tem is here to stay in the Six Na­tions Cham­pi­onship. Of­fi­cials have writ­ten off the pro­posed trial pe­riod and con­firmed the in­cen­tivised sys­tem is now a fix­ture.

It dif­fers from the Cham­pi­ons Cup or PRO14 for­mat in only one im­por­tant way — if a na­tion achieves a Grand Slam of five wins, it is awarded a fur­ther three match points as a re­ward, es­sen­tially to en­sure the coun­try that secures a Grand Slam must be cham­pi­ons. It elim­i­nates a pos­si­ble anom­aly whereby a team could win all five matches with­out a bonus point (20 points) and could lose out to a coun­try which loses one of its five games but wins the other four with a bonus point (20).

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