Lancaster backs potential rule changes
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Lancaster agrees with that premise and believes the International Rugby Board (IRB) should test different rule variations over the next 12 months, saying he would be happy to see rules tested during the Six Nations if required.
"I want to encourage everyone involved in the making of the laws and the structure of the game to try and make it as good a spectator sport as humanly possible," Lancaster told The Guardian.
"I've definitely got empathy with those suggesting we stop the clock when there are collapsed scrums - or phases of play when there is not a lot happening - so that spectators get more value for money.
"History would say it (the Six Nations) has been a pretty effective tournament without (bonus points) and it's not really a decision for me as a national coach but I'd be reasonably open-minded about things like that."
Bonus points have been used in Super Rugby for a few years with teams earning them if they score four or more tries or lose by seven points or less.
In general, Lancaster wants more attractive, free-flowing rugby to give the sport a boost in England.
"For me one of the biggest motivations for England being successful is the impact it would have on grassroots rugby," Lancaster said.
"It's about trying to give the country a team people can really centre around and support, which will go way beyond 2015.
"Supporters are the lifeblood of the game and the people playing it, including kids, also have to enjoy it.
"You want something to get behind and sometimes the complexity of rugby's rules or its stop-start nature can take that away."
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