Latest Autumn Internationals - as well as the Tri-Nations - are showing that rugby is becoming something like Aussie rules with rucks and scrums. Since Rugby World Cup 2007 the game has taken continous steps backward in terms of ball playing. If the ELV's could mask a little bit this trend, now it is becoming clearer and clearer: kicking teams win; the game of rugby loses. I thought about a couple of things that may come useful in battling the tendency. Let's think about those Frans Steyn's 60m kicks that sunk New Zealand in Hamilton: would he choose to kick if, did he miss them, his team would have been taken back to the kicking point with an opponent scrum? The rule would be like that: if the ball is kicked in the goal area and it gets touched down by a defending player (or it goes off the field), the defending team has the right to choose from either taking a 22m drop out or TAKING A SCRUM FROM WHERE THE BALL WAS KICKED. No matter if it is a drop-goal attempt, a penalty attempt or just a simple kick, I have the right to choose a scrum from where you kicked it. If it is too near, then I would go for the 22m drop-out anyway and nothing would change; but if you just kicked me back from your half, then I'll punish you with a scrum back there. So, you wanna go for goal from 60m out? Ok, go on, but if you miss it, it'll be a scrum back, and not just a 22 giving you the ball again. I mean, you can always try, if you're 2 points down with time kicking away, but otherwise, you'd better go for the touchline or play it. The rule should increase the ball-in-hand style of rugby we all love. It would also increase the number of scrums played, and while some could be happy, others may rise eyebrows. Most of the scrums nowadays don't even get played: the whistle blows one way or the other and end of story. One other thing, in fact, could be introduced to take out some of the penalties given in the scrums: rule the scrum with a ELV approach. Short-arm penalties are given, unless the ref doesn't spot clearly dangerous play, cinycal and repeated collapses and things like that. In this case, it could be a full-harm penalty or a yellow card. I know there is the fact that scrum collapses are considered dangerous play nowadays, but I guess this could be overlooked in many cases. These are just suggestions, but I'd like someone to feedback on theese and see if they could work, maybe with adjustments and correction. Anybody, please, speak out your mind.