I’m aw eebitcautio usasw e alw ay sareasSco tsmen. It’sato ugh gigto startw ith.Yo u w anta ho me game and w e’v ego tthat, butit’sagainstIreland
One counter-argument is that, if a team wants to deny an opponent bonus point for a narrow defeat, it may play for penalties rather than an extra try or two. Even so, Jeffrey believes the new system will appeal to the better nature of the teams and coaches alike.
“If a side was six points ahead, with three tries on the board, they might decide to kick a penalty to deny the other side a losing bonus point. [But] I think the culture of most teams now is to try to score tries. Hopefully it will be positive.”
While he remains a member of World Rugby’s executive committee in addition to his Six Nations duties, Jeffrey is no longer on the committee of the global governing body that appoints officials to big matches. But he enjoyed his stint on that committee, and left it feeling more sympathetic to referees and their colleagues.
“I’ve changed in the four years since I got that position,” he added. “I see the work that the referees put in, and the referee managers put in, and I have a lot of respect and time for them.”
CHEERS: Ryan Wilson celebrates after Warriors secured their historic victory against Leicester Tigers.