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Jonah Lomu Rugby
Publisher: Codemasters
Developer:
System(s): Sega Saturn
Genre: Sports































Number of players: 1-4
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
UK
£44.99[1] T-12003H-50
Sega Saturn
FR
?F T-12003H-09
Sega Saturn
DE
DM ? T-12003H-50
Sega Saturn
ES
?Ptas T-12003H-50
Sega Saturn
AU
$? ?



Jonah Lomu Rugby is a rugby union game released for the Sega Saturn exclusively in Europe, sponsored by the late New Zealand All Black player Jonah Lomu. In-game commentary is also provided by commentators Bill Beaumont and Bill McLaren.

Ports also exist for the PlayStation and IBM PC compatibles running DOS. All were developed by Rage Software and published by Codemasters under their short-lived "Sportsmaster" label in 1997

Gameplay

Jonah Lomu Rugby is the only rugby game for the Saturn and is loosely based on the 1995 Rugby World Cup (though lacks an official license for the event, debuted two years later and features some teams which did not qualify - an official tie in, Rugby World Cup 1995 was released by Electronic Arts for the Sega Mega Drive).

Players can compete in friendlies, tournaments, a world cup, territories cups and "classic matches" based on real-life scenarios from previous World Cups. Jonah Lomu is a selectable player and is the only person who cannot be tackled, to the point where the All Blacks have a significant advantage over everyone else and are typically avoided by purists wanting a fair match. Unlike more modern interpretations of the sport, Jonah Lomu Rugby opts for a quicker-paced arcade style of play.

Teams

Jonah Lomu Rugby features 32 teams from around the world:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • China
  • Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)
  • England
  • Fiji
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Ivory Coast
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Namibia
  • The Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Scotland
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • Tonga
  • USA
  • Wales
  • Western Samoa
  • Zimbabwe
  • ????

In addition to this, six bonus teams also exist in the game as easter eggs:

  • The Barbarians
  • British Lions
  • World XV
  • Codemasters
  • Rage All-Stars
  • Team Lomu

Team Lomu is a side made up entirely of clones of Jonah Lomu.

Magazine articles

Main article: Jonah Lomu Rugby/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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SSM UK 24.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (UK) #24: "October 1997" (1997-09-17)
also published in:

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
74 №58, p60
89 №68, p110/111
91 №21, p62/63[1]
Sega Saturn
85
Based on
3 reviews

Saturn, EU
JonahLomuRugby Saturn UK Box.jpg
Cover
JonahLomuRugby Saturn EU Disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, FR
JonahLomuRugby Saturn FR Box.jpg
Cover

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 File:SSM UK 21.pdf, page 62
  2. File:CVG UK 185.pdf, page 49
  3. File:SSM UK 25.pdf, page 2