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Pre-order Rugby 18 and play as the 2017 British & Irish Lions team

Bigben announce the British & Irish Lions team as a pre-order bonuse for Rugby 18.

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Rugby 18 - British & Irish Lions

Bigben announce the British & Irish Lions team as a pre-order bonus for Rugby 18.

The history of Rugby video games is patchy at best. Gamers of a certain age – myself included – might have fond memories of Rage Software’s Jonah Lomu Rugby, but EA’s range of Rugby games from the early 00s, and the more recent Rugby Challenge series are deservedly forgotten.

Things might be about to change, however, with next month’s release of Rugby 18. Developed by Eko Software, the game offers a fresh new take on the sport, and although it’s unlikely to bother the likes of FIFA and Madden at the top of the charts, our recent hands-on suggests a solid first effort from the Paris-based studio, who are best known for the How To Survive series.

Rugby 18 features 2,000 officially licensed professional players, a raft of international squads, and 65 official club teams from the TOP 14, PRO D2, PRO14, and Aviva Premiership leagues.

Rugby 18 - roster

Publisher Bigben have confirmed that players who pre-order Rugby 18 will also receive the 2017 British & Irish Lions team as an in-game bonus. The team will be playable in the offline and online Quick Match  modes.

Rugby 18 will be released on November 3, 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

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