The Six Nations has announced there will be a bonus-point system in the 2017 championship to “encourage and reward try scoring and attacking play”.

Last season it was two points for a win, but that will become four – plus a bonus point for four or more tries.

A losing team could pick up two bonus points – one if they score four or more tries and another if they lose by fewer than seven points.

A team that wins the Grand Slam – all five games – gets three extra points.

Teams that draw will now get two points each with a similar bonus point available for high scoring.

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