The International Rugby Board believe they have finally solved the biggest blight of modern rugby football: the repeated resetting and collapsing of the scrum.
Recent seasons have seen ever increasing amounts of game time taken up with collapsed and reset scrummages; leading to complaints from players, officials, fans and broadcasters. Furthermore, coaches and players bemoan the apparent randomness of the decision to penalise teams at scrums.
Many observers feel referees tend to balance out decisions as the game goes on and award penalties back and forth to both sides as it is often unclear who is genuinely to blame for scrum infringements.
Taking inspiration from the commonly uttered phrase 'the scrum is a lottery' this season's Six Nations championship will see the introduction of computerised Lottery Scrum Machines™ to replace the current system of match officials holding a lottery in their own head.
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