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Rugby Championship bonus point system modified

Sanzar has confirmed a reformed bonus point system will be adopted for the 2016 Rugby Championship.

FILE: Springboks vs Argentina in their Rugby World Cup Bronze final at London’s Olympic Stadium on 30 October 2015. Picture: Rugby World Cup ‏@rugbyworldcup.

CAPE TOWN - The South Africa, New Zealand and Australia Rugby (Sanzar) has confirmed that a reformed bonus point system will be adopted for The Rugby Championship in 2016.

Like this season's Super Rugby competition, The Rugby Championship tournament will see the four-try bonus point replaced by a bonus point awarded to a team finishing three or more tries ahead of its opponent.

Sanzar CEO, Andy Marinos stated, "Sanzar Exco reviewed the bonus point system implemented into Super Rugby this year and believed it had a significant impact in rewarding the more dominant teams, created a competition for the full 80 minutes and is providing a reward system that recognises both attack and defence."

However, a bonus point for a team losing by seven points or less will remain unchanged from previous seasons.

Marinos went onto say, "Having witnessed some of the most exciting and complete 80-minute games in the history of the competition this season, spurred on by the introduction of the new bonus point system, we believe that across the Sanzar tournaments, for the sake of the players, broadcasters and the fans, we should have consistency in terms of the tournament points system."

The Rugby Championship will kick off on 20 August this year when Australia host new Zealand while South Africa play Argentina in the first ever Test match in competition in Nelspruit at the Mbombela Stadium.

Another interesting new fixture change will see Argentina take on Australia in London at the famous Twickenham Stadium, this will count as a