The Rugby union bonus points system is a method of deciding table points from a rugby union match. Overview See also Playing rugby union A rugby union match lasts for 80 minutes (plus stoppage time with a short It was implemented in order to encourage attacking play throughout a match, to discourage repetitive goal-kicking, and to reward teams for "coming close" in losing efforts.
- No points are awarded for losing, unless bonus points are involved.
- As few as 4 points, but as many as 7 points, can be awarded to the two teams combined. No team can get more than 5 points in a match. (Note that France is trialling a slightly modified system in 2007-08, described later in this article, in which the two teams combined can earn a maximum of 6 points. )
Points are awarded as follows:
- 4 points for a win.
- 2 points for a draw.
- 1 "bonus" point for scoring 4 tries (or more).
- 1 "bonus" point for losing by 7 points (or fewer).
- This format was created for New Zealand's domestic competition, the National Provincial Championship, in 1995 and subsequently adopted in the inaugural Super 12 in 1996. New Zealand is an Island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island The National Provincial Championship, or NPC, was the predecessor to the current Air New Zealand Cup and Heartland Championship in New Zealand rugby The Super 14 is the largest Rugby union football club championship in the Southern hemisphere, consisting of four state teams from Australia (Queensland/Reds It was first used at the Rugby World Cup in 2003, and has been the staple for international and club competition since, with the notable exception of the Six Nations Championship. The Rugby World Cup is the premier international Rugby union competition The Six Nations Championship (referred to as RBS 6 Nations for sponsorship reasons known before 2000 as the Five Nations Championship, is an annual international
- The bonus point system creates the odd but interesting situation where, out of two teams, the one with a lesser win-draw-loss record can sit higher on the table, based on how many bonus points they earn. Notably, the 2002 Six Nations Championship would have seen England win the competition on points difference over Grand Slam winners France if the bonus points system had been in place and all scorelines, including numbers of tries scored, had been the same under these different circumstances. The 2002 Six Nations Championship was the third series of the Six Nations Championship. The England national rugby union team represents England in Rugby union. In Rugby union, a Grand Slam occurs when one team in the Six Nations Championship manages to beat all the others during one year's competition or when a touring side The France national rugby union team represents France in Rugby union.
- The French professional league will trial a slightly different system in its two competitions, the Top 14 and Rugby Pro D2, in 2007-08. The Ligue Nationale de Rugby ( English: National Rugby League) is the name of the national professional Rugby The Top 14 is a Rugby union club competition which is played in France. Rugby Pro D2, also known as Pro D2 is the second level of domestic club Rugby union in France, below the first division Top 14. Instead of teams earning a bonus point by scoring 4 or more tries regardless of the match result, teams will earn a bonus point if they win while scoring at least three more tries than their opponents. This will prevent a losing team from picking up two bonus points in the same match, as is possible under the normal system.  The points system will otherwise be identical to the standard. This system also makes it impossible for either team to earn a bonus point in a drawn match.
Other forms of rugby
- Rugby Sevens, while still under the rugby union banner, does not use this system, and instead gives points for wins and draws. Overview See also Playing rugby union A rugby union match lasts for 80 minutes (plus stoppage time with a short Sevens is a faster, more try-friendly game with a shorter time limit and a tendency to have runaway results. Sevens competitions are also usually one- or two-day affairs with an emphasis on the final bracket. All of this means there is little point in using the Bonus Point System for the 7-a-side game.
- Rugby league has trialled similar bonus point systems in some competitions, but most competitions only give points for wins and draws. History See also History of rugby league The grass roots of rugby league can be traced to early football history, through the playing of ball games However, beginning with the current 2007 season, the Rugby League National Leagues in England (the national levels below Super League) give 3 points for a win, 2 for a draw, and 1 for a loss by 12 points or fewer (this amounts to two converted tries in rugby league, which gives 4 points for a try instead of 5 in union). This article contains information on Rugby league played in the UK at semi-professional level in 2007 Media Some games are shown on Sky Sports, games involving Celtic Crusaders are shown on Welsh-language channel S4C. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland
Notes and references
- ^ French try out new bonus point system. Planet-Rugby. com (2007-06-27). Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Events 1358 - Republic of Dubrovnik is founded 1709 - Peter the Great defeats Charles XII of Sweden Retrieved on 2007-07-15. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Events 1099 - First Crusade: Christian soldiers take the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem after the final
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