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Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. A surprisingly fast paced hard-hitting sports game that'll catch any unsuspecting sports fan's eye.
  2. In the end, Rugby '06 is what I think real Rugby players will gravitate to. It's authentic, and that is always something EA is good at.
  3. EA releases a gentle and promising introduction the popular sport of Rugby, with fluid action, decent selection of gameplay modes and tidy visuals.
  4. If Rugby 06 is anything to go by, then future iterations of the franchise will only continue to get stronger and better, since this is by far the best rugby game to date. The flow of the game is more realistic than ever before, with the introduction of offloads, and quick penalties/line-outs working together to bring the game closer to the modern sport of rugby.
  5. Rugby 06 just doesn't begin to fix those flaws and the addition of a very few new features, coupled with possibly the worst commentary I've heard in a sports game for a long time, mean that the game just doesn't do enough.
  6. I came into Rugby 06 with an open mind, I was hoping for the FIFA engine with rugby elements and I was let down.

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