Experimental laws need to make the game a better spectacle: Fahey

The Queanbeyan Whites during their 21-point win over the Canberra Royals in round one of the John I Dent Cup. Photo: Joshua Matic.

The Queanbeyan Whites during their 21-point win over the Canberra Royals in round one of the John I Dent Cup. Photo: Joshua Matic.

QUEANBEYAN Whites coach Adam Fahey believes the game of rugby union needs to be made more entertaining for fans and cleaning up the breakdown would go a long way to achieving this.

His comments come in light of the Australian Rugby Union's recently implemented initiative that will see fans of the game submit experimental rule changes, some of which could be trialed in the inaugural National Rugby Championship kicking off in August.

Fans have until May 25 to submit their ideas through the NRC section of the Wallabies' Facebook page or through the website http://meltwater-fb-1036222.meltwaterrise.com/.

The quality and practicality of submissions will be assessed by the ARU, and rule changes they think may be suitable will then be sent to the International Rugby Board for clearance.

Fahey said the ARU was doing the right thing through this initiative, and admitted trialing new rules to make "the game a better spectacle for spectators" would not hurt in the NRC.

"At the moment rugby union is probably not where it should be," said Fahey.

"You look around play at the half way line and a lot of teams just kick bombs, whilst that's all tactical, I'm sure lots of people would prefer someone getting the ball from 60 metres out and having a crack for a try."

Fahey said reducing the value of penalty goals from three points to two points and field goals from three points to one point would go a long way in improving attacking style rugby.

He was also a fan of increasing the value of tries scored from outside the attacking half as a way of promoting more attacking ball work from teams as well.

"The ARU is obviously looking to make the game a greater spectacle which is a positive from mine," he said.

He added the ARU should not worry about going too far with rule changes as taking risks would make a better learning curb.

Meanwhile the Whites took a big 42-22 win over the Gungahlin Eagles at Nicholls last Saturday.

They face Wests Lions at home this Saturday. 

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