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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 Kicking off
Rugby Windows No hesitations now...
Rugby Windows The introduction is typical EA lore
Rugby Windows The ball, already flying towards the posts for a drop goal

Promo Images

Rugby Screenshot
Rugby Screenshot
Rugby Screenshot
Rugby Other Scottish cover art - RGB

Alternate Titles

  • "橄榄球2001" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Rugby World Cup" -- Working title
  • "Rugby 2001" -- Windows European title
  • "EA Sports Rugby" -- PlayStation 2 title

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User Reviews

Pure trash Evil-Jim (181) unrated

Critic Reviews

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


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As well as showing stills of the actual game, the install program features 15 minute audio discussion between Bill McLaren and Jamie Salmon about how the game of Rugby has changed over the past 35 years.

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Evil-Jim (181) added Rugby (Windows) on Feb 25, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Kartanym (12768)