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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.

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