Each team will have two free weekends during the season which, when taken, will be recorded in an extra column in the league table denoted as 'FW' and added into the total number of games played for the relevant side.
This will mean that for the first time since the league was reduced to eleven teams there will be a truer reflection of actual league placings, especially on the run in to the end of the season.
Tournament director David Jordan stated: "Celtic Rugby has been concerned with the lopsided nature of an 11 team league table. We took a look at the way other major sporting leagues throughout the world with an uneven number of competitors operated and discovered that the Australian Rugby League cured their similar problem with the introduction of 2 points for a bye week. After much deliberation we decided this was the correct route to adopt for the Celtic League for the forthcoming season."