Rugby Challenge

Rugby Challenge

Rugby Challenge
Developer(s) Sidhe
Publisher(s) Tru Blu Entertainment
Distributor(s) Mad Catz (North American Xbox 360 version)
Platform(s) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Vita
Release date(s)
Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows
NA 20 October 2011[4]

PlayStation Vita
27 June 2012[5]
Genre(s) Sports/Rugby Union
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer

Rugby Challenge is a Rugby video game, developed by Sidhe and published by Tru Blu Entertainment.[6]

Rugby Challenge was released on 26 August 2011 in New Zealand for consoles and was released on 2 September for Australia and 8 September for South Africa. The release date for Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge (rest of the world, excluding US/Canada) was 14 October. All NA versions except for PlayStation Vita were released 20 October, Tru Blu handled the PC and PS3 versions with Mad Catz handling the Xbox 360 version. The PlayStation Vita version is due to release 27 June 2012. In game Commentary is provided by Grant Nisbett and Justin Marshall.[7]

The game is titled All Blacks Rugby Challenge in New Zealand, Wallabies Rugby Challenge in Australia and Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge in the rest of the world.


Rugby Challenge is based on Sidhe's previous Rugby League games. Features include:[8][9]

Game modes

  • Single Match Mode
  • Competition Mode
  • Multi-year Franchise Mode

Amongst other things, Rugby Challenge will feature 98 teams, 31 stadia, and 11 competitions as well as extensive Tutorial Mode options available for players new to the sport. The tutorial helps get you up to scratch and various skills, such as running between cones, practicing kicks, and many other drills can be completed. Apart from single and multi-player options, you'll also be able to play up to 13 seasons and attempt a legacy in Franchise Mode. Franchise mode will include both international and representative teams. You will be able to choose a club and an international side to play as during the years. There is a World Championship in Franchise Mode.

Extensive customisation

  • Create and/or customise players, teams, and competitions, using the extensive customisation tools to shape the game to your own preferences.

In-Game Rugby Store

  • Rugby Challenge also features Rugby Money, which players can use to obtain unlockables. These rewards come from completing various activities, whether running through the tutorials or playing online, and can be spent in the Rugby Store. This is not an online function, but rather an in-game unlockable system.


Rugby Challenge will feature 94 licensed/unlicensed teams, an additional 4 miscellaneous teams, and 31 stadiums from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Europe.[10][11] Due to rival game, Rugby World Cup 2011, the official strip/emblem/stadium/player likenesses of England, South Africa and France, and the official strip/emblem/stadium of Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Italy will not be included within the game. However, due to Top 14, Aviva Premiership and RaboDirect Pro12 licenses the players of these countries will be included within the game (England, France, Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Italy). Rugby legend Jonah Lomu has also lent his likeness and expertise to the game, the European game will feature him on the cover, and the game will be called Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge.



International teams







Ranfurly Shield

Super Rugby

Unlicensed teams are named after their respective regions (e.g. Stormers is 'Cape Town')

Aviva Premiership

Top 14

LOU Rugby and Union Bordeaux Bègles are included in the Top 14, having been promoted from Pro D2 in 2010/2011 season.

Rabodirect Pro 12

Miscellaneous teams

  • Team Lomu (A team composed solely of Jonah Lomu)
  • Lomu All Stars (World XV selected by Jonah Lomu)
  • Sidhe Staff Team 1 and Sidhe Staff Team 2 (Teams with an average 3 rating, where all players have in every ability a rating of 0 except Discipline, 100).


"Rugby Challenge" features 14 New Zealand stadiums, 6 Australian stadiums, 5 South African stadiums and 6 European stadiums.

Licensed stadiums

Country Stadium
New Zealand New Zealand Eden Park
New Zealand New Zealand Rotorua International Stadium
New Zealand New Zealand AMI Stadium
New Zealand New Zealand Growers Stadium
New Zealand New Zealand McLean Park
New Zealand New Zealand FMG Stadium
New Zealand New Zealand North Harbour Stadium
New Zealand New Zealand Toll Stadium
New Zealand New Zealand Forsyth Barr Stadium
New Zealand New Zealand Rugby Park Stadium
New Zealand New Zealand Yarrow Stadium
New Zealand New Zealand Trafalgar Park
New Zealand New Zealand Waikato Stadium
New Zealand New Zealand Westpac Stadium
Australia Australia Sydney Football Stadium
Australia Australia ANZ Stadium
Australia Australia Canberra Stadium
Australia Australia Suncorp Stadium
Australia Australia AAMI Park
Australia Australia NIB Stadium

Unlicensed stadiums

Country Stadium In-Game Name
South Africa South Africa Kings Park Stadium Durban Park Stadium
South Africa South Africa Loftus Versfeld Pretoria Stadium
South Africa South Africa Ellis Park Joburg Stadium
South Africa South Africa Newlands Cape Town Stadium
South Africa South Africa Free State Stadium Bloemfontein Stadium
Ireland Ireland Croke Park Dublin Stadium
England England Twickenham Stadium South-West London Stadium
Italy Italy Stadio Flaminio Stadio Colosseo
France France Stade de France LNR Stadium
Scotland Scotland Murrayfield Roseburn Park
Wales Wales Millennium Stadium Castle Park


Rugby Challenge received mixed to positive reviews by critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the PS3 version of the game received a 64/100 rating, while the Xbox 360 was better reviewed, with a 73/100 rating. GameSpot commented that "inconsistent presentation and licensing issues trip up Rugby Challenge's run for the try line, but enjoyable gameplay and a wealth of modes give it a decent chance at life beyond the World Cup," giving the game a 65 over 100.


Rugby Challenge 2 was announced on the 20th March 2013, the sequel is set for release midyear 2013 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. It is going to be Rugby Challenge 2: The Lions Tour Edition in most regions, apart from France were it be known as Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge 2, and New Zealand, where it is to be called All Blacks Rugby Challenge 2.[13]


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