Bonus points stay
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).