New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup winning coach Steve Hansen says he fears for the future of the game if it cannot deliver more tries.
And the man who led the All Blacks to their Webb Ellis Trophy triumph on home soil in 2011 believes it might be time to raise the value of the try once again to introduce more attacking flair into the game.
After watching Wales beat France in Paris last weekend, Hansen said yesterday: that the time has come for coaches and players to stop breaking the law and play within the legal boundaries of the game.
“I’m a bit worried about rugby in general. There weren’t a lot of tries and it was a very dour game (in Paris),” said the former Wales coach.
“There isn’t enough space for the attacking team — it’s very difficult. Both teams defended very well, but rugby needs to score tries.”
So what does the man who will be bringing the All Blacks to the northern hemisphere later this year to try to retain their world title think is the answer for the game? One idea, he says, would be to increase the value of the try.
“I don’t know how we do it, but we need to find more room for the attacking game. We have got to work harder at being on side,” said Hansen.
“Coaches and players need to change their mind sets a little bit. Instead of trying to break the law, get on side.
“Referees have to rule it stronger and then maybe make tries worth more points.”
The last time the try was re-valued was in 1992, when it went from four points to five. It spent 21 seasons at four points, 1971-1992, having been worth three points from 1893 to 1971.
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