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  • Summary: Includes an excellent tutorial mode and over 600 players in all that can all participate in the World Championship. Other tournaments featured are the Tri-Nations, 6 Nations and Friendly matches. [EA Sports]
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. The game comes complete with more detail about how to achieve that crucial 'full back enters line' move that was so lacking in the original. The control functions for the rucks and mauls are also infinitely more simple.
  2. A truckload of fun to play and a must-buy for hardcore rugby union fans (who aren't exactly spoiled for choice in this genre). Casual fans of the sport may want to rent first, and see if they like the control scheme.
  3. 80
    Working its magic touch for the sport, the presentation and addictive gameplay impress right from the initial pre-match nerves to the relief of the final whistle.
  4. I had a fair amount of fun with it and I certainly learned a lot about the game itself. While I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it to everyone, those of you who have even a passing interest, owe it to yourself to give it a play.
  5. A solid videogaming experience and one that, for a relatively inexperienced American public, is well worth trying out. Die-hard fans of the sport will be a tad disappointed with a number of aspects.
  6. 73
    The strategy gets quite deep, and the team play is totally engaging once you get the hand of it.
  7. Starting with the graphics, they are mediocre at best. Poor polygon models, and inferior animation first strike the eyes as less than awe-inspiring.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. JOEJ.
    Aug 21, 2003
    Union is great.
  2. HarryK.
    Jan 15, 2002
    It is hella cool...australia r the best.
  3. Justin
    Mar 9, 2002
    Rugby is a lot better than Football, less stoppage of play and no wimpy pads to protect girly-boys who complain about their salaries.
  4. EllieS.
    Apr 2, 2002
    It's ok.
  5. DougieB.
    Feb 25, 2004
    I think that it is a very exciting game and i can't wait till the next 1 comes out.
  6. [Anonymous]
    May 15, 2002
    I'm rating plain old rugby its an ok game but it needs more tournaments like the shute shield super12 hongkongsevens and the aussies vs I'm rating plain old rugby its an ok game but it needs more tournaments like the shute shield super12 hongkongsevens and the aussies vs lions. The only tournamunts its got is worldcup tri nations and v1nations make rugby 2003 with all the things i asked. Expand
  7. EmilevanZ.
    Aug 12, 2002
    Its a cool game but it would be alot better if it had the super 12 and other leagues because you can play many more teams than international.

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Awards & Rankings

#32 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
#58 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2001