A try scored under the posts will be worth five points.

A try scored under the posts will be worth five points. Photo: Getty Images

AUCKLAND: The NRL will experiment with golden try as part of several rule changes for the Auckland Nines tournament in February.

At the launch of the Nines rules in Auckland on Tuesday morning, the NRL announced it would replace golden point with a golden try period in the shortened format of the game, with five minutes of extra time to be played in the qualifying rounds, while there will be unlimited extra time in the finals.

Video referees have also been scrapped for the Nines tournament on February 15 and 16 at Eden Park, as well as the implementation of a five tackle rule and a bonus zone behind the posts for a five point try.

The NRL will use the nine-a-side tournament, which has a $2.6 million prize pool, to trial a number of rule changes, including several adjustments to the speed of the play.

Five-man scrums will only be formed as a result of a double knock on, with a play-the-ball to be ruled when there is a handover.

But given the debate over whether golden point belongs in the NRL, it's the golden try rule which is likely to cause the most conjecture as the NRL trial the more exciting format in the inaugural event.

"I was a big fan of golden point, but I've been disappointed with how that has gone, so I think golden try is awesome," former Australian prop Steve Price said.

"Most people are pointing towards that - they either don't like golden point at all or they don't like golden try. I think with the incentive to win the game with a try, blokes will really be having a crack. I'd love to see it in the NRL.

I just think it's really negative. You are just setting up for field position or going for a penalty goal or field goal, that's not what footy is about. But the refs don't give penalties in golden point, everyone is always offside. I'd love to see [golden try] when everyone is exhausted, to promote the footy a little bit and challenge each other - that would be a good direction to go in for the game."

Coaches are allowed to carry six players on the bench with unlimited interchanges, with a maximum of two players to be substituted at one time.

A five-minute sin bin will also be used for players who commit professional fouls or penalties deemed worthy of a temporary suspension from the match.

But the speed of the play and the way the rules affect the game is a facet of the tournament the NRL are keeping a close eye on.

"I'm most interested to see how the stoppages will work in terms of the reduction and the quicker change overs in parts of the game," NRL general manager football operations Nathan McGuirk said.

"That really interests me in terms of what we do going forward in regards to the NRL."

AUCKLAND NINES MAJOR RULES

- Two nine minute halves with a two minute half time period.
- Nine players a side with six unlimited interchange players.
- Scrums will only form after a double knock on, with attacking teams to elect which side to feed the ball.
- No video referee, with one on-field referee.
- Five minute golden try period in qualifying rounds with a draw to be deemed if there is no result, while unlimited golden try for the finals.
- A tap restart will take place after a 40/20
- Five points for a try scored in the bonus zone under the posts, with two point drop kick conversion attempts.
- The scoring team will have a drop kick off to restart play.
- Five minute sin bins.
- Five tackles in a set.