Jonah Lomu Rugby

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Jonah Lomu Rugby
Developer(s) Codemasters
Publisher(s) Rage Software
Platform(s) PC, PlayStation, Sega Saturn
Release date(s) March 31, 1997
Genre(s) Rugby union
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer

Jonah Lomu Rugby is a computer and video game released in 1997. It was developed by Codemasters and published by Rage Software. It was released on the PC, PlayStation and Sega Saturn. Its title is a reference to noted All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu.


The game supports one to four players. There are a number of playable modes - including knock-out, World Cup, regional competitions as well as historical matches.

Jonah Lomu Rugby was the first rugby union game released on the PlayStation platform. Jonah in this game was impossible to tackle, not too distant from real life. The greatest aspect of the game was having a team of 15 Jonah Lomu's. At the time of its release, the game received relatively high praise. It was particularly praised for its smoothness of gameplay and the quality of graphics at the time. It is rumoured that Hamilton Poker degenerate Paul Hockin is known to be one of the most highly skilled players of the popular game, known for his dirty tricks like digging and pop ups, moves which more recently are frowned upon among the gaming community. Other celebrity fans of the game include Ron Howard, Mick Hucknall, Carrie Fisher and Darius from Popstars. [1]


Much like another sports title published around the same time, Brian Lara Cricket 99, the commentary is of great note amongst certain gaming circles. Supplied by ex-television broadcasters Bill Beaumont and Bill McLaren, the commentary includes oft-hilarious and memorable lines, such as "Oh! Mercy me! What a tackle! That could've put him in Ward 4!", followed by "I hope not Bill, that's a maternity ward!" One particularly quirky piece of commentary is the line "digging in like a demented mole there", which refers to players hurling themselves into rucks. The two commentators were seen to have a great level of banter with one another, adding to the flow and realism of the game.

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  1. ^ "Memory Lane Volume 1 - Year Zero for Rugby Games". GameSpot. Retrieved 30 April 2006. 

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