Mad Catz Shipping Rugby Challenge

Date: October 21st 2011
Posted By: Sidhe

Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (AMEX/TSX: MCZ) announced today the shipping of Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge throughout North America for the Xbox 360 ® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

“We are excited to be shipping Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge. The game is receiving positive reviews and there is a lot of excitement within the rugby community,” said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. “The release of Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge is part of our long term growth strategy and demonstrates our commitment to building the software publishing component of our business.”

Developed by leading New Zealand game studio Sidhe®, Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge features 93 teams and 31 stadia including the exclusive license for the All Blacks and the Qantas Wallabies teams. Featuring intense single player and multiplayer modes, Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge offers gamers an unrivalled Xbox 360 rugby experience. This game is rated “E” for everyone by the ESRB.


  1. Randall says:

    It is good that a rugby game is out for the US, but will there be a PS3 version coming out?

    • milla says:

      We don’t know yet. Distribution for the PS3 version has not yet been secured in North America. Tru Blu has not given up.

  2. Daniel says:

    DO NOT ORDER FROM AMAZON…. i preordered this at the beginning of oct. and yesterday i found out that i would be waiting till december for my copy…amazon didn’t even prioritize preorders over new orders….needless to say i canceled my order and am pissed! i was so excited to play this game this weekend… o well back to FIFA

  3. It was worth the wait. Thank you madcatz for closing the gap for us in USA. This is the greatest game until the boys at sidhe and tru blu gains all the licenses and blow the top off of rugby challenge 12 wink wink lol. You guys have truly captured what it means to play rugby in a console. I love the Samoans and Tongans and Fijians presence in the game. No more Sogipoki (plz ask a Samoan what this means) on the pitch for Samoa (epic fail from rwc11) my mom almost slapped me when the announcer said his name lmao. Great job guys. Cheers.

  4. Kiwi in Canada says:

    WE WANT PS3 RELEASE IN N.A. !!!!!!!!!

  5. Ethan says:

    Just bought the game at Gamestop in Phoenix. Crashes and freezes constantly. Have yet to make it to the second half! What’s up?!? I’m about to take it back.

  6. Aussie in Canada says:

    What about PS3!!!! I’m dying to play this game here in Montreal, Canada!!

  7. Ethan says:

    Turned out the disc was bumped or a fault in the manufacture. Gamestop took care of it. I had to wait a couple days for another Phoenix location to stock it but I have a copy and the game is great. Much deeper than I expected. Very impressed. You should put a game out a least every two years (with licenses!).

  8. Akash says:

    Got my late in the afternoon and play an quick match and game flow and graphic are just awesome :)

  9. Sebass says:

    I ordered mine a little late should be here tomorrow! Can’t wait to give this a go. Thanks for getting it to NA!

  10. Mauro says:

    The game is fantastic. Is it previewed an updating patch in order to modify the national team data apart from All Blacks and Wallabies ??? It would be absurd to play with England team not finding J.Wilkinson wouldn’t be ????

  11. jimmythesmith says:

    I am also awaiting the PS3 version however do you know if they released a PC version in North America? Either version will be acceptable.

  12. Real says:

    I’m from mexico and I’m dying to play Rugby Challenge, my only opportunity is coming to PS3 NA someone please have mercy and release the copy for PS3 !! Pleaseee!! : (

    • milla says:

      We’ll update when there’s more news about this. In the meantime, you could import it from another territory. My understanding is that getting it from the UK isn’t too expensive.

  13. Kearns says:

    You guys should try to get the license for the pre-game war dances for new Zealand’s kapo o pango, Tonga’s Sipi Tau, Fiji’s Cibi, & samoa’s Siva tau on your next rugby game. Just a hopeful suggestion.

    • milla says:

      Kapo O Pango cannot be used commercially.

      We have a wishlist thread in the forums linked at the top of the page for people to discuss what they would like to see should we have the opportunty to develop a sequel.

  14. DJ says:

    why hasn’t the patch been released for the Jonah Lomu version? i know someone who has the all blacks one and he’s had the patch for a while now…

  15. CHOSS says:

    Is there any progress to look forward to on the PS3 release in America? At least a glimmer of hope. Why does PSN not upload it to sell? Can’t afford the extra money to buy overseas and know I am missing out on a great game.

    • milla says:

      I’ve had word from one North American gamer that it cost him only $3 more to import from the UK than it would be to buy locally. That said, Tru Blu are still looking at PS3 distribution options in North America.

      • Zach says:

        Just wanted to say I picked this game up on Friday (im in Canada) and love it! Im spreading the word that a decent rugby game is now available! I really hope you guys continue to build off of this game and release another one in the next year or 2 with more from career mode etc.

        Quick questions: When do you pick up free agents and make trades in Career mode? You cannot make aqcuisitions throughtout the year?

  16. Lucas says:

    I wan´t it for PS3!!!! Do you know if it’s available in South America???

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