The Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) has on Wednesday announced several changes to the Top 14 league format that will kick in from next season.
Instead of the losing bonus-point being given for finishing seven points or less behind the winning the team, that margin has been reduced to five.
There is also a one-match suspension for any player that is brandished with three yellow cards in an attempt to reduce foul play and up tempo.
Meanwhile, there's a boost to teams who boast international stars as during pre-season, a group of 30 players will be named in the France squad, which will lead to an extra €100,000 per player being granted to a Top 14 side's salary cap. That cap has been frozen at €10 million next season.
In other positives to clubs who lose players to the national set-up, compensation paid to them is set for an increase from €550 to €1,300 per day.