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As the first Rugby title on the Playstation 2, EA Sports Rugby is a full on simulation of the sport (played mainly in Europe, Australasia and Africa). All of the major nations of rugby are represented, including Australia (the current World Cup champions), New Zealand, England, France and South Africa. The game is also fully licenesed with every player of every team rendered into the game.

There are many trophies to be won, here's a quick run down:

World Cup: Much the same as the Football variety, the best in the world fight to become world champions.

6 Nations: Only 6 nations are represented in this European tournament to play as: Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, France and Italy.

Tri-Nations: Australia, New Zealand and South Africa play in this tournament.

Bledisloe Cup: It's Australia vs New Zealand, in a best of three tournament.

Calcutta Cup: Much like the above, except it's England and Scotland that fight it out.


Rugby Windows Title screen
Rugby Windows Initial kick-off
Rugby Windows Looks like trouble...
Rugby Windows Players get dirty if they hit the grass a few times (replay controls showing)

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Alternate Titles

  • "橄榄球2001" -- Chinese title (simplified)
  • "Rugby 2001" -- Windows European title
  • "EA Sports Rugby" -- Playstation 2 title

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Pure trash Evil-Jim (151) unrated

Critic Reviews Jan 10, 2001 14 out of 20 70
Gamekult Oct 24, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Joystick (French) Oct, 2000 70 out of 100 70
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 2000 46 out of 100 46


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The New Zealand box features Tana Umaga, Josh Kronfeld, Cristian Cullen and the yellow Addidas ball on the front and the All Blacks vs Australia on the back.

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Evil-Jim (151) added Rugby (Windows) on Feb 25, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Kartanym (10726)