Dan Carter believes the RBS 6 Nations would benefit from a bonus point system, with this year’s championship having suffered criticism for lack of entertainment.

Reigning World Player of the Year Carter believes the introduction of bonus points — where teams are awarded extra points for scoring a certain number of tries or finishing within a specific margin of the other team — would encourage a more attacking brand of rugby.

The former New Zealand star is used to the bonus point system having experienced it with both the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship and the Crusaders in Super Rugby.


Carter, who now plays in France for Racing 92, told the Times: “I definitely think it would be great.

“We play with them in all our competitions back home, always chasing the four tries to get the bonus point. It entices you to not only look for the win … I think it’d be good up here too.”

Carter also believes a lack of time training together also hinders the standard of international rugby in the northern hemisphere.

“When the Six Nations games are so tight and mean so much, they are not going to be as attractive with the teams not having been together a long time,” Carter said.

“It’s not going to happen within a couple of weeks. As the tournament goes on, you’ll see improvements. It is really tough to put a team together and expect an attractive style of play when so much is riding on each game.”