Rugby 08

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Rugby 08
Rugby 08 Coverart.png
Developer(s) HB Studios
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Platform(s) PC and PlayStation 2
Release date(s)
  • UK July 25, 2007
  • AUS July 26, 2007
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Singleplayer, Multiplayer

Rugby 08 is the 2007 release in the Rugby series by EA Sports. The game allows players to play as many Rugby nations, both major and minor, and includes many tournaments, such as the Rugby World Cup, Tri Nations, Six Nations, Guinness Premiership and Super 14.

Rugby 08 was released prior to the 2007 World Cup in France. New modes include the Rugby World Cup and the World Cup Challenge mode. Other new gameplay features include simplified lineouts and defensive formations.

In-game screenshot for Rugby 08 on PC.

The international cover, pictured at right, features current All Blacks captain Richie McCaw. Other players are featured in specific markets:[2]

The commentary is provided by Ian Robertson and former All Blacks great Grant Fox.


  • The Rugby World Cup • A campaign through 6 weeks of the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France • A central hub keeping the user aware of all World Cup progress • Team management, injuries, squad rotation for greater depth • IRB World Cup Presentation • Extensive use of camera angles. However, you can only play the official schedule for that tournament.
  • World Cup Challenge Mode • Takes key moments from World Cup History and allows the user to replay them. • Uses historical facts and scenarios (with current rosters) and throws the player into the game to try to recreate history. • Rewards are unlocked after completing each scenario (photos, players, etc.).
  • Truck and Zoom Camera • Introduce new camera angles that allow the user to see more of the action on the field. • Zoom in on breakdowns to better see the action at these key moments. • Allow the user to see the result of conversion and penalty kicks. • Allow user to see where they are aiming when kicking from a stoppage
  • New Set Pieces • Line-outs that simplify throw in controls and Provide greater functionality and authenticity for advanced users • Scrums with more control over push and rotation also utilising accessible control systems
  • Defensive Formations on the Fly • Allows the user to quickly select defensive formations • Can react to attacking style/field position of opponent • Reflects authentic Defensive formations seen in modern rugby
  • All new AI attacking system • Built in smarter AI on offense, will test a user's defensive capabilities

Impact Players[edit]

Rugby 08 Impact player Brian O'Driscoll.

Home advantage is the new feature available with Rugby 08, the home advantage is not related to the home teams stadium but the controller on the left hand side of the controller menu screen . Home advantage can lead to an increase of possession of up to 35% including increased turnovers, a perk which most players consider irritating in two-player multiplayer mode.


National teams[edit]

Super 14[edit]

European clubs[edit]


Wales, Ireland & Scotland[edit]

(none are licensed)

  • Wales Cardiff
  • Wales Newport
  • Wales Llanelli
  • Wales Neath, Swansea
  • Northern Ireland Ulster
  • Republic of Ireland Munster
  • Republic of Ireland Connacht
  • Republic of Ireland Leinster
  • Scotland Edinburgh
  • Scotland Glasgow



Other representative teams[edit]


New Zealand[edit]

Waikato Stadium, home of the Chiefs appears in the game under the name 'Hamilton'.


South Africa[edit]


  • Suva (not licenced)



Murrayfield Stadium, home of Edinburgh Rugby & Scotland appears in the game.



The Madejski Stadium, home to London Irish appears in the game.


Parc des Sports Aguiléra, home of Biarritz Olympique appears in Rugby 08 under the name 'Le Park'.


Leinster Rugby's Donnybrook Stadium appears in the game under the name 'Leinster'





Although Rugby 08 has no online gameplay modes, a strong community and modding community has evolved following its cult status. This includes organised competitions and a regular modding and updates.[3]


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