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.The international cover, pictured at right, features current All Blacks captain Richie McCaw. Other players are featured in specific markets:• Australia and Asia — Current Wallabies captain Stirling Mortlock• France — McCaw and France flanker Yannick Nyanga• Ireland — Current Ireland fly-half Ronan O’Gara• Italy — Current Azzurri Mauro and Mirco Bergamasco• South Africa — Current Springboks Schalk Burger, Bryan Habana, and André Pretorius• United Kingdom — McCaw and England wing Mark CuetoThe commentary is provided by Ian Robertson and former All Blacks great Grant Fox.

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