Farrell hopes bonus points system helps Lions


British and Irish Lions defence coach Andy Farrell believes the new Six Nations bonus points system will help the team's chances of beating New Zealand next year.

For the first time, the 2017 Six Nations will see teams awarded additional points for scoring four or more tries, or for losing by seven or fewer points.

Farrell feels that could be advantageous for Lions, who are looking for a first series win over the All Blacks since 1971.

"We have been in front against them with teams I have been involved with and they are masters at the comeback, staying calm and being clinical," he said, via The Telegraph.

"The way to score that bonus-point try is exactly like that - staying calm, being clinical, not being frantic, and going about your job as you should do rather than being too emotional.

"It will create excitement as it goes, you'll know what you need to do along the way, but you still won't get away from the fact that you need to win.

"It is good for us because we want to play a good attacking style of rugby in Ireland, we have shown that with the tries we have scored of late. I believe it is going to be good for us, but everyone knows that you have to score points against New Zealand."

Ireland ended the All Blacks' 18-match winning streak with a shock 40-29 win in Chicago in November.

Farrell, also defence coach of Ireland, said he warned his team points would be needed to have any chance against New Zealand.

"They are pretty good at scoring point themselves. It is my job to keep it as low as possible," he said.

"Everyone talks about 24 to 28 [points], I said to the boys in Chicago, 'You need to score 28 to 30 points against them, because they are very clinical'.

"We managed to score 40 and five tries which was a dream. That was pretty special."