Jonah Lomu Rugby

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Jonah Lomu Rugby
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Codemasters
Peripherals supported: Saturn 6 Player Adaptor
Genre: Sports

Number of players: 1-4
Official in-game languages:
  • English
  • Deutsch
  • Italiano
  • Español
  • Français
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Saturn
    £44.99[1] T-12003H-50
    Sega Saturn
    ?F T-12003H-09
    Sega Saturn
    DM ? T-12003H-50
    Sega Saturn
    ?Ptas T-12003H-50
    Sega Saturn
    ?PLN ?
    Sega Saturn
    $? ?

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    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


    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.


    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

    SSM UK 24.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 [4]
    91 [5]
    Sega Saturn
    Based on
    3 reviews

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

    Technical information

    ROM dump status

    System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
    Sega Saturn
    442,030,176 CD-ROM (EU) T-12003H-50 V1.100
    Sega Saturn
    382,564,560 CD-ROM (FR) T-12003H-09 V1.100