The last 10 or 15 years have seen the IRB tinker with the rules - changing the value of the try, the introduction of the indirect free kick, the acceptance of lifting in the line out, etc. However, it is still too easy for a team to win without scoring a try.
My proposed changes are:
l Replace the line-out with a throw-in into open play (it is almost impossible to lose your own throw-in, so this would get the ball into play much quicker).
l Tries should remain worth five points, but conversions will no longer be available.
l Direct free-kicks should be confined to serious infringements - dangerous tackles, raking, dropping of scrums, intentional offside,etc - and be worth five points. A yellow and/or red card should be shown to the offender.
All other infringements should be punished by indirect free-kicks, which would have to be run, rather than kicked. After all, rugby is all about running with the ball, rather than kicking.
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