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Advertising Blurbs - Windows:
    Nothing beats the intense spectacle of a big rugby game. So many elements of skill, grit and inspiration crash head-on into each other. Rugby 2001 brings the entire international rugby experience to your PC with unprecedented detail, accuracy and playability. For all its physicality, this is also a game that rewards the thinkers as well as opportunist players. Picking the right tactics and being able to control your team all have a place in this sporting extravaganza. Available now!

    Contributed by Xoleras (66470) on Jun 24, 2005. - PlayStation 2:
    Rugby goes next generation with a stunning debut on the Sony PlayStation 2. A Rugby fan's dream - 20 international teams featured including the New Zealand All Blacks, the Australian Wallabies, the South African Springboks, England, Scotland and France. Take your team to victory in the World Championship, 6 Nations, Tri-Nations, or Friendly matches.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66470) on Jun 24, 2005.

Press Release:

    Electronic Arts Ships EA SPORTS Rugby For The PlayStation 2
    First Next Generation Rugby Game Available for North America Today

    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – July 17, 2001 - Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), the world's leading independent interactive entertainment company, launched EA SPORTS’ Rugby today for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. This is the first rugby title available on the PlayStation 2 console in North America. Electronic Arts shipped the title last month in Australia and Europe.

    EA SPORTS Rugby features licensed content from the Australian Rugby Union, and from a number of other bodies including the New Zealand Rugby Union, South African rugby Football Union, the Rugby Football Union, Federation Francaise de Rugby and Scottish Rugby Union. Bill McLaren, the voice of rugby, provides the commentary.

    "There is a huge loyal rugby following with rugby clubs across North America and EA SPORTS Rugby captures all the essential elements of international rugby that will please these fans,” said Chip Lange, vice president of marketing, North America. “EA SPORTS is committed to covering the world of sports and this is an exciting next step in our videogame library.”

    EA SPORTS Rugby combines stunning graphics, sophisticated physics models and AI (artificial intelligence) that immerses gamers into the big hitting, fast paced world of international rugby. The PlayStation 2 console gamers will enjoy the depth of gameplay, team management offerings and unparalleled graphic presentation of the rugby franchise.

    To master EA SPORTS Rugby, with hopes of winning the Tri-Nations Series, the Bledisloe Cup, the Six Nations and other international tournaments, gamers will have to become intimately familiar with their squads of players, and the types of set plays they operate against different opposition...selecting specific players for certain games. With 600 players in all, this will be a challenging yet fun task. The game features 25 faithfully modeled international stadiums, including Twickenham, Murrayfield and Ellis Park.

    Developed by The Creative Assembly Ltd., in the United Kingdom, EA SPORTS Rugby is the culmination of three years research and development. EA SPORTS motion capture technology captured professional rugby players’ moves to enhance the game with greater realism. Running, passing, tackling, jumping for the ball and packing into scrums all show a great level of detail and animation.

    EA SPORTS is the leading interactive sports software brand in the world. Its top-selling titles and franchises include John Madden Football, FIFA Soccer, NHL® Hockey, NBA Live Basketball, Triple Play Baseball’ and NASCAR®.

    About Electronic Arts Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, Electronic Arts (EA) posted revenues of more than $1.3 billion for fiscal 2001. The company develops, publishes and distributes software worldwide for the Internet, personal computers and video game systems. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS’, EA SPORTS BIG’, EA GAMES’ and EA.COM. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at

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    Contributed by skl (1130) on Mar 02, 2004.

Back of Case - PlayStation 2:


    Over 600 players with true-life characteristics such as height, build, and pace.

    VI Nations, Tri-Nations, EA SPORTS World Championship, Friendly, and Training.

    Play in front of your home crowd or test your nerve in a host of international Rugby cauldrons.

    Insightful commentary provided by the voice of Rugby, Bill McLaren, along with Jamie Salmon.

    Realistic weather conditions can help or hinder your style of play.

    Watch your step as the pitch wears down during the game.

    Uniforms get dirtier as the game goes on.






    Contributed by Corn Popper (68978) on Nov 21, 2002.

Box Rear:
    Features 20 Real International Teams And Players. Featured under exclusive licence. Realistic Players Likenesses - Incluiding; build, height, and player numbers. All New 3D Game Engine - Allowing smoother, more realistic player animations, dynamic stadium and player lighting. Realistic Weather And Pitch Effects On 23 Real World Stadiums From Around The World. Original Soundtrack And Hundreds Of SFX - Dynamic crowds, player calls, grunts, crunches and tackling sounds from real games. Play By Play Commentary From "The Voice Of Rugby" Bill McLaren & Jamie Salmon. Dynamic Team Control - Allows you to quickly select set plays. Intuitive And Flexible 'Pickup & Play' Style Controls. Dynamic Tackles, Passes, Running, Kicks and Rucking. Multiplayer - 2 - 4 players can play on a single computer.

    Contributed by Evil-Jim (175) on Mar 25, 2002.